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19 Aspiring Caribbean Engineers Participate in the 2016 Annual SPISE Program

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A report from The Atlanta Black Star.

One month ago, 17-year-old Jamaican students Arianna Stephenson and Emmanuel Sylvester didn’t know much about building a wind turbine, or developing and programming an underwater robot. Today, not only can they do both of these things, but they can also program a computer game, and speak Mandarin.

That’s because Arianna and Emmanuel recently took part in the 2016 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering, which ran from July 16 to Aug. 13 at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. Their participation was sponsored by the Caribbean Development Bank.

Now in its fifth year, the annual SPISE program, put on by the Caribbean Science Foundation, aims to groom the region’s next generation of leaders in science, technology and engineering. For one month, students from around the Caribbean are immersed in an intensive program of study, doing…

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