Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Third annual CSF workshop in Guyana raises awareness of STEM applications in Caribbean
Published on December 9, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Participants at Guyana workshop

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Professionals from the region and the Diaspora, and students and teachers from Guyana, gathered on December 2-3, 2013 to discuss how "stimulating education, innovation and entrepreneurship in science and engineering" can be promoted to help diversify the economies of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in collaboration with the Guyana ministry of education and the Caribbean Diaspora for science, technology and innovation organized the workshop. The CSF was established in 2010 as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization whose mission is to assist with the diversification of the region's economies by promoting education reform in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship.

Prime minister of Guyana, Samuel Hinds, opened the workshop, and both he and Minister of Education Priya Manickchand highlighted the importance of harnessing science and technology for the development of the region. Collaboration and cooperation across institutions and sectors throughout the region, and networking with the Diaspora were mentioned frequently as key to facilitating science and technology advances.

The recent approval of Guyana's national science and technology policy was highlighted by Navin Chandarpal, science and technology advisor to the president of Guyana, as a national milestone in elevating awareness of the importance of STEM education reform.

Dr Chelston Brathwaite, Barbados ambassador designate to China, and director general emeritus of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, focused on the importance of food security, the expanded agricultural sector, and the need for the region to produce more of the food it consumes.

Many students and teachers from high schools in Guyana participated in the workshop, with the students posing some of the most difficult questions to the speakers. The students, under the supervision of Petal Jetoo of the ministry of education and her team of Guyanese scientists also carried out experiments using microscience kits provided by UNESCO. The students had nothing but praise for this hands-on learning experience.

CSF programs such as the Sagicor visionaries challenge and the student program for innovation in science and engineering (SPISE) were featured, with three Guyanese students speaking about their recent experiences in these programs. Also covered were STEM curriculum and modernization updates, with the primary objective of making science fun for the students.

Teaching with examples drawn from local resources and needs, inquiry-based science approaches, the scientific method, and the use of digital e-learning were emphasized. The need for more national science fairs, math Olympiads and science museums was also stressed.

The vast range of career options in the STEM disciplines was the subject of a career panel. The requirements for the launch of a high-tech electronics start-up company were demystified with examples showing how, in the Internet era, the materials and components needed could be sourced worldwide from a desktop. The critical need for execution to bring ideas to fruition was emphasized.
Reads: 8071

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: