Applications being accepted for the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award

Deadline to turn in applications Aug. 12

A Maui High School STEM student records a U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing held in Kahului in 2016. The Maui Economic Development Board is accepting applications for its 2019 Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award. The award is open to all Maui County students, grades 6-12. -- The Maui News file photo

The Maui Economic Development Board is accepting applications for its 2019 Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award. This annual award is presented to a Maui County project team that best demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) tools and capabilities to serve and improve the community.

The award is open to all Maui County students, grades 6-12. High school seniors graduating this June are also eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate the best combination of technology with service learning for the benefit of Maui Nui. STEMworks students are encouraged to apply, but applicants need not be in a STEMworks lab to be considered.

The winning project will be announced at “Pathways To Our Future,” the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction, to be held Aug. 31 at the Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott. Proceeds will go to support MEDB’s continuing efforts to advance STEM education in Maui County, empower teachers and offer students access to the teaching, tools and experiences that will prepare them for STEM careers.

“The Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award recognizes our islands’ best and brightest in the innovation and the application of science and technology to solve challenges around us,” said Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s president and CEO. “It is the highest student award MEDB presents and we look forward to honoring our county’s STEM stars on August 31st.”

The deadline for applications is Aug. 12. To download an application, visit www.medb.org/daniel-k-inouye-innovation-award-2/. For questions, email lalaine@medb.org or call 875-2300.