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Fall 2018 Barbados Computer Coding Workshop Ends on a High Note

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, December 20, 2018

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The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), a non-profit organization promoting science and technology in the Caribbean, officially culminated its Fall 2018 Computer Coding workshop with a graduation held at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill on December 17, 2018.

The CSF Computer Coding Workshops were designed with the training and retraining of the Caribbean workforce of the future in mind, and funded via partnership with Scotiabank, and the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS. The broader goals of the workshops are to stimulate increased interest in science and engineering careers (especially in computer science) and to prepare students for university study in the STEM disciplines. Further, the workshops are intended to increase the low numbers of skilled ICT workers in the region and to encourage the formation of more globally competitive ICT companies.

The workshops began on 29 September and culminated on 15 December 2018 with a final projects showcase, where the participants demonstrated the various websites and mobile apps they created to an enthusiastic audience of sponsors, colleagues, friends and family. Instructors Leo-Neil Perry and Sanjay Mahabir praised the students for their hard work and enthusiasm. The all-girls team, named Sistech, consisting of Xaria Prempeh, Richellia Stuart and Sharelle Jones, and their “School Organizer App for Students”, outperformed all the boys on both the technical work and the oral presentation.

In his closing remarks, Professor Cardinal Warde, the Interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation, saluted the girls on their success. “The Sistech girls were model Coding Workshop students, and they have significantly raised the performance bar for future students,” he said.

He encouraged the Sistech team to act as role models and ambassadors for the Computer Coding workshops, and to encourage other girls who were also interested in tech to apply to upcoming sessions.

The next Level I Barbados Computer Coding Workshop will begin on Saturday, 5 January 2019, at The UWI Cave Hill, and will culminate with another public showcase by the participants on 23 March 2019.

The Level I Coding Workshop will also be replicated in St. Lucia at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School from January 12, to March 30, 2019. For more information about these upcoming Computer Coding Workshops, please visit http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-workshop/barbados/ and/or http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-workshop/st-lucia/.\

Photo caption: The Fall 2018 Barbados Computer Coding Workshop Graduating Class, with Instructors and administrators.

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