Belize Telemedia Ltd. Scholar Participates in the Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 September 2012 00:00

Mr. Isaure Milian of Cayo District recently returned to Belize after participating in the 2012 Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Mr. Milian and nine other students from Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago participated in the four-week program under the sponsorship of regional organizations, including Belize Telemedia Ltd.

Organized by the Caribbean Science Foundation and spearheaded by its Interim Director, Dr. Cardinal Warde, a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Belize Science Advisory Council, SPISE is aimed at secondary school students who wish to pursue a career in science or engineering, and seeks to assist in broadening the economic base of the Caribbean region by encouraging and facilitating the study of science and engineering and promoting related entrepreneurship.

Mr. Milian’s placement was coordinated by the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities. Program organizers selected Mr. Milian to attend the inaugural SPISE from among a number of applicants.

Ranging in ages between 15 and 17 years, the ten scholars participated in an intensive, holistic program that included electronics, engineering, robotics, biochemistry and calculus. In addition to the sciences and engineering, they were also exposed to the Chinese language, Mandarin, and to the Humanities and to the concept of Caribbean regional cooperation. Instructors included Mr. Luis Montero of Belize. The students completed in four weeks a program that is similar to one normally done by MIT students over six weeks.

The scholars demonstrated the knowledge and skills gained during the program and their creativity by making presentations and displaying electronic projects at the university on August 31st, 2012. The Knight Rider display project, designed and built by Mr. Milian and Reaiah Harris of Barbados, was said to be the most technical project. The students also demonstrated considerable creativity in developing underwater robots which they commanded with home-made remote controls to dive, travel, turn and navigate around obstacles placed in a tank.

Organizers are pleased with the operation of the 2012 session and with the sponsorships provided. They are working to make it an annual program and are optimistic that they will secure sponsorships to support an expanded SPISE in 2013.

The Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, and Public Utilities congratulates Mr. Milian on his outstanding performance during the 2012 SPISE, and extends thanks to Belize Telemedia Ltd. for its generous sponsorship of Mr. Milian. The Ministry looks forward to additional sponsorships by Belizean entities next year to provide our students with this enhanced exposure to science and engineering studies and related entrepreneurship training, as well as to the opportunity to collaborate with youth of other countries in the Caribbean region.