Applications are now open for the 2013 Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), which is leading both initiatives, says both programmes are aimed at high school students across the region. CSF says SPISE “is a unique opportunity for students with strong interest in pursuing careers in science and engineering to spend four weeks of total immersion in STEM in Barbados this summer”. The all expense paid programme is open to applicants who will be at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age on July 1, 2013, and have completed CXC exams or equivalent in math and science subjects. The 2013 programme will run from July 20 to August 17, 2013, and will be held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus in Barbados, with UWI and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) providing critical resources and support. Applicants are expected to submit all required documents by April 22. You may learn more about the programme and how to apply here.
Entries for the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge are due on February 12, 2013. The inaugural poster and problem-solving competition is open to high school students in 12 Caribbean Countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. Entrants will compete in teams and propose solutions to a problem in their school or community using science and technology. The champion teams will be awarded both national and regional prizes. Learn more about the SVC application process here