Grants support math, science education events
More than $100,000 in grants have been distributed to Maui County students engaged in math and science events and projects through the Maui Economic Development Board’s MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund.
The awards ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 for projects that help expand science, engineering and math education and careers in the county this school year.
Three schools on Molokai – Kaunakakai Elementary, Molokai Middle and Molokai High – received grants totaling $20,000. The money was used for a Google Sketchup class for middle- and high-schoolers and a computer-aided design course for an after-school program.
To date, more than $650,000 in grants have been awarded. The money was raised at the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction, which this year will be held Aug. 24 at the Grand Wailea Resort.
For more information on the dinner, call 875-2300 or go to the website www.medb.org.
The groups, amounts of grants and a description of how the funds were used from September to March follow:
* Global Technology High School, $4,976, funds for equipment, including microscopes and lab kits, to establish the new school’s freshman science program and lab.
* ROOTS Maui school, $2,241, support for sustainability-themed gardening project integrating science and technology with digital media and development of a business plan. Funding includes technology equipment and gardening supplies.
* Alaka’ina Foundation, $5,000, support for creation of a water curriculum for all Maui-based Hawaiian immersion 4th-to-6th-graders in the Hawaiian language. The program will be developed partly in response to multiple requests for Native Hawaiian-focused STEM programs at Hawaiian immersion schools.
* Seabury Hall, $5,000, funds for robotics equipment and supplies for school’s startup high school robotics program.
* Maui High School, $4,000, funds for robotics supplies and equipment for the school’s VEX program and for travel assistance to the state competition.
* Iao Intermediate School, $4,224, support for robotics team travel to VEX Honolulu Pan Pacific Championship and for robotics equipment.
* Kaunakakai Elementary School, $5,000, support for travel expenses for robotics team to attend the First Lego League tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and UH-Maui College.
* Baldwin High School, $5,000, funds for robotics equipment and supplies for VEX team and to offset travel expenses for Maui and state competitions.
* Molokai Middle School, $5,000, support for travel expenses for robotics team to attend the First Lego League tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and UH-Maui College.
* Molokai High School, $5,000, support for travel expenses for robotics team to attend the VEX qualifying tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and UH-Maui College.
* Hana Middle School Ecosystem Penpals, $5,000, funds for technology equipment, including tablets, document cameras, digital microscopes, interactive whiteboard and projector, and field trip expenses to support study of ocean ecosystem and facilitation of cultural exchange with other students living in Pacific coastal native communities.
* Hana High School’s Ho’okele Hikianalia (Never Lost), $5,000, funds for technology equipment to facilitate study of scientific navigational techniques, while integrating STEM, environmental and cultural project-based learning. The focus of the project is an outreach and exchange program involving the maiden voyage of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hikianalia.
* Hawaii State Science Olympiad, $1,000, partial funding for Maui County Science Initiative that provides financial assistance to Maui County schools to establish STEM clubs supporting student interest in STEM subjects. These schools will participate in the Science Olympiad, with preference to schools in rural and isolated areas.
* King Kekaulike High School, $4,380, funds to support travel for the VEX Robotics team to the Pan-Pacific Oahu tournament in February, as well as tournament registration fees and robotics supplies.
* Maui High School, $5,000, funds to support travel for the FIRST Robotics team to attend the regional competition in Los Angeles in March.
* Maui Preparatory Academy’s Sustainable Curriculum: Aquaponics, $2,000, partial funding for multi-grade science project to build and to maintain a functional aquaponics system using both traditional and solar power. The project focus includes sustainability, system engineering challenges and plant and fish biology.
* Lokelani Intermediate School, $5,000, support for robotics team instructors’ training, VEX and Botball robotics team tournament travel, and for robotics equipment and supplies.
* Baldwin High School, $5,000, funds for FIRST Robotics program, including parts and supplies, and assistance for team travel to competitions on Oahu and in California.
* Maui High School, $5,000, support for digital media program travel (20 students and two instructors) to the Student Television Network Convention in Los Angeles.
* 4-H Dirt Devils, $5,000, funding for 4-H program participants (nine students and one instructor) to travel to the National Conservation Awareness Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma City.
* PBS Hawaii, $5,000, travel support for students and teachers from Maui County currently participating in PBS “Hiki No” program – a collaboration between PBS Hawaii and Hawaii’s public, private and charter schools statewide to create real-world, student-produced newscasts.
* Baldwin High School, $2,850, funds to allow the Baldwin Science Olympiad Team to travel to state competition on Oahu.
* Molokai Middle School, $5,000, support for participation by robotics team in the First Lego League Invitational Tournament at Carlsbad, Calif., in May.
* King Kekaulike High School, $5,000, funds for expansion and upgrading of school agriculture program’s hydroponics lab.