Two Dominican Students Participate in Science & Engineering Program
Two Dominican students say they are now certain on their career paths, following their attendance at a four week program.
The 2013 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), was initiated by the Caribbean Science Foundation and geared at promising students, who are interested in exploring careers in science and engineering.
16 year old Ms. Nyana George, who recently graduated from the Castle Bruce Secondary School and 17 year old, Ms. Obe Joseph, a student of the Dominica State College, both participated in the program, which was held at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.
The students stated, after submitting letters of recommendation from their mathematics and science teachers, in addition to their principal, they wrote four different essays on how the program would benefit them among other requirements.
They were only able to attend, after receiving a grant of US$6,000 from the United States Embassy in Barbados.
Ms. Joseph explained, the program saw the participation of a number of students from 16 Caribbean Islands, including; St Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St, Vincent, who all possessed different educational backgrounds.
Ms. George revealed growing up, she aspired to be a Chemical Engineer, but after attending the SPISE program, she is now leaning towards being a Physicist, as she always had a keen interest in physics during high school.
Ms. Joseph noted, the highlight of the program was building a submarine robot with the capability of moving and navigating under water; part of a competition, where the robots had to pick up balls floating in a tank and release them into a basket.
Her group’s robot did not perform as expected; however, Ms. George’s group earned the second place position – an achievement she is proud of, specifically as there was a lot of new technology she had to learn to prepare for its construction.
The students stated, attending this program helped them to choose suitable career paths, taught them time management, and pushed them to further realize their potentials.
The students both received certificates of completion at the end of the program.
They are appealing to all students between ages 16 to 18, to apply for the SPISE program for 2014, as it is certain to broaden their horizons, as it relates to career choices and education.
It was very difficult to acquire sponsorship from Dominica to attend the program, so the young ladies are appealing to the business community, to please try their best to sponsor a student, willing to attend the program in 2014.
This investment of approximately US$6000 will go a long way, as it aids in the education of a young person and according to the girls, children are the future of tomorrow.