A new problem based learning project on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), for 14 CXC based countries in the region will be launched in Dominica in mid-January 2013.

On Friday several Secondary School Principals attended a workshop at the Public Training Center in Roseau which was designed to give them a better understanding of the criteria and the content of the National STEM Awareness Campaign.

Lecturer at the UWI Cave Hill campus, Dr. Jeanese Badenock, explained to the workshop participants that the main aim of the projct is to challenge students to compete on a regional basis in the areas of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“The aim is to challenge students to be creative and bring their ideas as to how they could actually solve their problems”.

In the project comprising no more than 250 words, students will be required to identify a problem that faces their school, community, or country and propose an implementable solution .

The judging criteria include relevance, content, linkage to STEM, methods of investigation, presentation and a small part will be a website where friends and family will ‘like’ the project thus bringing an ‘awareness’ factor to the grading.

The winning school will receive US$5000, CSF computerized mobile Science and Technology center, CXC science kits, and an all expense paid STEM ambassador program for the student team leader and supervisory teacher to Florida. The second place winner will receive US$ 2500, and the third place $1000.

The competition will be an annual one. The first will be held in Barbados, however, subsequesntly, the winner will host the competition in their home country.