Bridgetown, Barbados, 8 April 2019 - The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), a non-profit organization promoting science and technology in the Caribbean, today announced the graduation of another 19 students from its Spring 2019 Computer Coding Workshop, held on the campus of the University of the West Indies, Barbados.
The CSF Computer Coding Workshops are designed to (a) stimulate more interest in science and engineering careers (especially in computer science) (b) to help prepare students for university study in the STEM disciplines and (c) to assist with the training/retraining of the Caribbean workforce of the future. Further, the Workshops are intended to help increase the low numbers of skilled ICT workers in the Region, and encourage the formation of more globally competitive ICT companies. The Spring 2019 Barbados Workshop was funded via a partnership with the Caribbean Examination Council.
In his opening remarks, Professor Cardinal Warde, the interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation commended all the students for their dedication and enthusiasm. He explained to the audience that the students showed commitment to their projects even though they faced many challenges. Among the more impressive projects was Team RGBTech consisting of O’haji Taylor, Gaziyah Bentham and Viviene Drakes who created the “Optimum Student” website which provides interactive math questions and answers for individual student study. Team Trinity Coding which consisted of Faith Waithe, Renee-Amor Gibson and Alexander Gittens, showcased their project entitled “Vybz”, which is a music rating-based website that allows a subscriber to select any artist icon and display their top 5 songs. In his closing remarks to the students, Mr. Sanjay Mahabir, one of the instructors of the Workshop, informed the students that “Your goal should not be to learn everything perfectly at first, your goal should be to keep creating and building projects that suit your interest.”
The next Level I Barbados Computer Coding Workshop will be held on Saturday mornings from mid-September 2019 to Mid-December 2019, again on the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Level I Coding Workshop was replicated in St. Lucia, and ran at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School on Saturday mornings from 12 January to 30 March 2019. For more information about the upcoming Computer Coding Workshops, please visit http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-workshop/barbados/ and http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-workshop/st-lucia/. Key important partners for the Computer Coding Workshops are the UWI - Cave Hill Campus, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
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