About The Caribbean Science Foundation
Please visit www.caribbeanscience.org for additional information
Please view this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75UUowD7-oM, from SPISE 2012 which captures the spirit of SPISE.
- SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT (http://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites). Professor Cardinal Warde serves as the Faculty Director of both MITES and SPISE.
- SPISE is essentially free of cost to most of the admitted students. SPISE aims for a balanced class of 50% girls and boys, and students from low-income households are encouraged to apply.
- Student selection is performed by an international Admissions Committee consisting of academic and business professionals from the USA, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.
- SPISE is 4 weeks of total immersion (24/7) in university-level calculus, physics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship, Mandarin, Caribbean unity studies, and hands-on projects in robotics, electronics and computer programming.
- SPISE discourages rote learning, and teaches the students how to focus on understanding and applying the fundamentals so as to achieve mastery of the material. Grades are not emphasized. Personal, academic and Intellectual development is emphasized.
- The value of teamwork (learned in the hands-on projects) is emphasized, along with proactive time-management skills.
- Instructors in the SPISE are university professors and lecturers from the Region and the Diaspora (including MIT). Some are senior management professionals from leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the Diaspora.
- SPISE students are exposed to and coached by role models on career paths and choices, and assisted after SPISE with their university application packages, financial-aid applications, and internship applications to research centers in the Region and abroad.
- Teaching Assistants reside in the dormitories with the students so that technical assistance and supervision are available 24/7 to the young students.
- SPISE culminates with student project competitions in which each student team first gives an oral presentation of their hands-on project before demonstrating the workings of their project. These final competitions are open to the public, and sponsors and parents are urged to attend and cheer for their students.
- The top SPISE students go on to enroll at some of the best science and engineering universities in the world with generous financial aid packages.
- SPISE makes use of the facilities of the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Key important partners are the UWI - Barbados campus, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).