As part of its commitment to promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown was pleased to host Dr. Cardinal Warde, professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for two engagements with teachers and students on Barbados on July 26. The events, which were held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, were the first leg of a three-country program taking place in Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda.
Dr. Warde, who is also the executive director of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), first hosted a workshop for STEM teachers at UWI’s 3Ws Pavilion titled “Adventures in STEM.” During the workshop, which was attended by primary and secondary school STEM teachers, Dr. Warde discussed ways to inspire and motivate students, long- and short-term strategies for teaching STEM, and ways to prepare students to study STEM at university.
Dr. Warde also hosted an interactive discussion with students participating in CSF’s regional SPISE (Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering) Camp and Barbados Junior Robotics Camp, as well as other secondary and UWI students studying STEM. This session was also held at the 3Ws Pavilion. It focused on ways students can develop their scientific skills outside the classroom, avenues for continuing to study STEM at university, and new career possibilities opening up in the STEM fields.
During both sessions, Dr. Warde shared pieces of his incredible personal journey, which saw him leave his homeland of Barbados as an aspiring young student and go on to become a full professor at one of the world’s most respected universities.
Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Laura Griesmer delivered brief remarks at the opening of this discussion. She lauded Dr. Warde as “a truly remarkable man” and told the audience, “The U.S. Department of State, in supporting the Obama Administration’s goals, is working to build international scientific cooperation that increases worldwide economic and social development.”