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MEDB awards $10,000 for innovative STEM project

August 26th, 2014 · Education, Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014, STEM

Ke Alahele Education Dinner draws 660 supporters, raises $300,000

AJ Ramelb (left) said he was surprised, even stunned when Maui Economic Development Board President and CEO Jeanne Skog announced he had won the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award at the Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner Saturday night at the Grand Wailea Resort. Ramelb, a 2014 King Kekaulike High School graduate, was recognized for using technology in the campus STEMworks™ lab to design a paintbrush grip for special needs students.

AJ Ramelb (left) said he was surprised, even stunned when Maui Economic Development Board President and CEO Jeanne Skog announced he had won the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award at the Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner Saturday night at the Grand Wailea Resort. Ramelb, a 2014 King Kekaulike High School graduate, was recognized for using technology in the campus STEMworks™ lab to design a paintbrush grip for special needs students.

King Kekaulike High School graduate AJ Ramelb was selected for the second annual Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award Saturday night. The honor included a $3,000 cash award for his college education and $7,000 for his alma mater’s STEMworks™ lab.

Maui Economic Development Board presented the award to Ramelb, 17, of Pukalani, at Saturday’s MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction at the Grand Wailea Resort. The event drew 660 people, including educators, students, government, business and community leaders keen on supporting STEM education.

AJ was surprised to hear he had been chosen from a field of finalists vying for the award created to commemorate Inouye’s legacy by recognizing an exceptional student led project that applies science, technology, engineering and math solutions to improve their community.

When MEDB President and Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Skog observed, on stage, that Ramelb appeared “totally stunned,” she asked him how he felt “Good,” he said. “I just kind of showed up today. Wow.”

Ramelb’s award recognizes his persistent effort to design a solution that makes easier for King Kekaulike’s special needs students to grip paintbrushes. Using 3D Computer Aided Design, Ramelb created a “brass knuckle” design for students who are challenged with holding a paintbrush, even with assistance. Ramelb’s design has led to the production of four grips for students with severe disabilities.

After telling Ramelb about his cash award, MEDB Education Committee Chairman Ryan Churchill announced that MEDB planned to assist Ramelb with applying for a U.S. patent for the design. “I’m very excited to get MEDB’s help,” Ramelb said. “I don’t think I could get the patent on my own. I don’t think I could do any of this without the help of my teacher, Emily Haines, and the STEMworks™ lab.”

MEDB Vice President Leslie Wilkins explained that the premise of MEDB STEMworks™ program is service learning with high-technology tools and software. STEMworks™ on Maui is funded in part by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, the Office of Naval Research and private donors.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, listen to Pukalani Elementary School 5th-graders David Ho and Ryan Siarot talk about their STEM project on display during the Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner. Pukalani Elementary’s STEM program is one of dozens funded by Ke Alahele over the years.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, listen to Pukalani Elementary School 5th-graders David Ho and Ryan Siarot talk about their STEM project on display during the Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner. Pukalani Elementary’s STEM program is one of dozens funded by Ke Alahele over the years.

Ramelb worked out of Kekaulike’s STEMworks™ lab, using SolidWorks 2012 and Z-Print to construct the paintbrush tool with the 3D printer. “Teachers were ecstatic, and students loved the grip and are now able to make breakthroughs in expressing themselves through art,” Wilkins said.

“It shocked me,” Ramelb said as he recalled seeing the students use the 3D grip for the first time.

“I couldn’t believe I made something that worked and it could change their lives. It was a ‘wow’ moment.”

King Kekaulike High School students also received the inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Award in 2013. Using their know-how of GPS technology and the practical applications of math and science, Lotus Chen and Sierra Harrell mapped out the roads leading to and from their school campus. Their work led to development of a geospatial map and to government funding for sidewalk and roadway improvements near their school.

Ramelb, Chen and Harrell were all students of Kekaulike STEM teacher Emily Haines. “I’m proud of all of them,” Haines said. This year, there are approximately 60 students enrolled in STEM courses at Kekaulike. The school’s STEM Club has about 35 members.

“Emily is great with how she works with the students and empowers them. The kids really take ownership of what they do,” said Sadie Mossman, who attended the Ke Alahele dinner and has had a perfect attendance at MEDB STEM conferences for the last five years.

Special Education teacher Hillary Watt said she was impressed at Ramelb’s dedication to helping her students. “He really stuck to it, and I’m really glad he did,” Watt said.

Ramelb is the son of Kathi Kamalani of Pukalani and is now enrolled at the University of Hawaii Maui College. He hasn’t declared a major but he says he does see a future in technology and computers. “I’d encourage all students to take STEM. It’s the most open ended class you can take and it really changes your thoughts and opens up your mind to possibilities.”

Hawaii gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. David Ige (center) shakes hands with Maui High School robotics adviser and teacher Keith Imada at Saturday’s Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner at the Grand Wailea Resort. Sen. Roz Baker (right) was also on hand. Imada’s robotics team was one of several student groups interacting with supporters of Maui Economic Development Board and the STEM programs MEDB funds.

Hawaii gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. David Ige (center) shakes hands with Maui High School robotics adviser and teacher Keith Imada at Saturday’s Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner at the Grand Wailea Resort. Sen. Roz Baker (right) was also on hand. Imada’s robotics team was one of several student groups interacting with supporters of Maui Economic Development Board and the STEM programs MEDB funds.

Proceeds will be used by MEDB to fund grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in Maui County, and to implement MEDB educational initiatives.

The Maui Economic Development Board is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1982 with a focus on diversifying Hawaii’s economy. MEDB partners with the private, public and nonprofit sectors at the local and national levels to achieve its goals. MEDB’s programs — which are founded on a respect for Hawaii’s culture and precious environment — assist growth industries, educate and train residents for new career pathways, and build consensus in addressing the community’s challenges and opportunities.

MEDB is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors drawn from business, government, academia and nonprofit organizations. For more information, call 875-2300, or visit medb.org.

 

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2014 MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund “Apples for Education” Menu of Auction Items

August 11th, 2014 · Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014

Silent Auction

 

  • $200 Gift Card for Dining at Mama’s Fish House & Inn
  • Dinner for 2 at Japengo, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
  • Sanrio Hello Kitty Gift Basket from Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
  • Dinner and a movie with Mayor Alan and Ann Arakawa
  • 2 nights stay at The Courtyard by Marriott in Kahului
  • 90 Minute Portrait Session by Aihara Photography
  • Stand Up 50# Tuna Stick and Nuclear Warhead Lure by All About Fishing & Nuclear Fishing
  • Shane Victorino Autographed Baseball
  • Molokai Bounty Gift Basket
  • Large Party Basket from Big Island Candies
  • 7 Hour Oahu Island Photo Tour for 2 by Blue Hawaii Photo Tours
  • Hana Haleakala A-Star Tour for 2 with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • Private Hana Tour for 4, Lunch Provided by Blue Soul Hawaii
  • Frogman Afternoon Snorkel Cruise for 2
  • Bounty Music Education Package: $25 Gift Certificate for Merchandise and $30 Private Music Lesson
  • Sarong and Jewelry by Cici Designs
  • Cesere Brother’s Aluminum Image
  • Tandem Clear Bottom Kayak Rental for 2 by Clear Kayaks Maui
  • Lahaina Grindz: $25 Gift Card Cool Cats Café, $25 Gift Card Captain Jack’s Island Grill
  • 2 Round Trip Ferry Tickets by Expeditions Lanai Ferry
  • $250 Gift Certificate for Fleetwood’s on Front Street
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Gerard’s
  • Goodfellow Bros. Experience: Drive a Bull Dozer and play with Heavy Equipment
  • Sunrise Special Bike Ride for 2 by Haleakala Bike Company
  • Canoe, Kayak or SUP Tour for Two by Hawaiian Paddle Sports
  • Admission for 2 to Old Lahaina Luau
  • 50 Minute Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage at Ho’omana Spa Maui
  • Sunset Sail for 2 on Hula Girl
  • Editorial Consulting by Ilima Loomis
  • Intro Aikido Classes by Ilima Loomis
  • Signed Copy of Kaimi’s First Round-up by Ilima Loomis
  • Gift basket with 2 Certificates for Painting Class and Sippy Cups by Island Art Party
  • One Box of fresh local produce delivered to your door by Island Fresh
  • $115 Gift Certificate for Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning by Jack’s Carpet Cleaning
  • Haleakala Ranch: Celebrating 125th Anniversary book by John Harrison
  • Kaanapali Staycation: One Room Night for 2 in a Partial Ocean View Room at Kaanapali Beach Hotel and Dinner with Kupanaha Magic Show; $50 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • One Round of Golf for 2 at Kahili Golf Course
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Kobe Steak House
  • Kiteboarding Lesson by KTM Kiteboarding
  • T-Shirts with Molokai Design from Lanakila Designs
  • Women’s Haircut by Mark Tolliver at Lava 405 in Kihei
  • Men’s Haircut by Mark Tolliver at Lava 405 in Kihei
  • Friday night Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet for 2 at Makena Beach Hotel
  • $200 in Gift Cards for Mala Ocean Tavern or Honu Seafood & Pizza
  • $75 Gift Certificate towards Tickets to Any Performance Presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • 1 Case of Maui Cattle Company Beef Jerky
  • Canvas Mar y Sol Purse by Maui Clothing Company
  • Tommy Bahama Man’s Shirt from Maui Clothing Company
  • 2 nights stay in One-Bedroom Suite at Maui Coast Hotel
  • 2 – Month Trial Membership at Maui Country Club
  • 12 Monthly Deliveries of “Grown of Maui” Produce from Maui County Farm Bureau
  • $250 Gift Certificate for Maui Divers Jewelry
  • Gyotaku “Kuipipi” in Koa Frame from
  • Principal for a Day at Maui High School with Principal Bruce Anderson
  • Fishing Trip for 10 aboard the Maui Jim Boat
  • Gift Card for One Pair of Non-RX Maui Jim Sunglasses
  • Annual Journey Family Membership at Maui Ocean Center
  • Paintball Game for 6 by Maui Paint Ball
  • 2 VIP Game Tickets by Maui Roller Girls
  • 2 Adult Platinum Seats at Ulalena
  • Certificate for an Oil Change and Tire Rotation by Midas
  • Salon Service by Amanda Nigbur at Maui Modern Hair in Kihei
  • Round Trip for 2 on Mokulele Airlines, 2 Nights Stay at The Moana Surfrider Hotel, $100 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Painting “Only on Maui” by Dennis Okada
  • 2 Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Molokai from Lahaina Cruise Company
  • 1 night stay at Hotel Molokai, and car rental by Molokai Car Rental
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
  • Swarovski Crystal Necklace from Moonbow Tropics
  • $60 Gift Certificate for Outback Steak House
  • Pacific Dream Photography Package
  • 2 30-Minute Jet Ski Rentals by Pacific Jet Sports
  • Pacific Whale Foundation Dinner Cruise for 2
  • $75 Gift Certificate from Paradise Flower Farms
  • Proflight Paragliding’s Haleakala Tandem Paraglide for 1
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Cleaning Service by PWC
  • Paper Garden Gift Basket from Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
  • Hand Made Sarong by Rainbow Jo
  • $100 Gift Certificate
  • Roselani Ice Cream gift certificates
  • Round Table Pizza Kings Feast Party Package (24-36 people) + 2 Hour Party Room Rental; $40 Gift Certificate
  • $50 Dining Certificate for Ruth’s Chris Steak House Wailea
  • Maui Golfers Gift Pack
  • 2 nights stay at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and $100 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Art by Sherri Reeve Gallery
  • Haleakala Skyline Zipper Tour for 2 with Skyline Eco Adventures
  • Gift Certificate for Slappy Cakes
  • Surfing Goat Grand Dairy Tour for 2
  • $100 in gift certificates from Tasty Crust
  • Taro Pond Art
  • One night stay for 2 at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, a three-course dinner at Ko, and $50 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • $100 Gift Card for Spa Services
  • $25 Gift Card from The Maui Cookie Lady, 1 Box of Sweet Paradise Chocolates
  • $50 Gift Certificates from Da Local Banana
  • $50 Gift Card to TJ’s Warehouse
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Kimo’s
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Leilani’s on the Beach
  • $100 Dining Certificate for Duke’s Beach House
  • $100 Dining Certificate Hula Grill
  • $100 Gift Card for Three’s Bar & Grill
  • UFO Parasail for Two
  • 2 Tickets to UH vs. Wyoming Football Game October 11, 2014
  • 4 Tickets to Women’s Volleyball Game UH vs. Cal-Poly October 24, 2014
  • 4 Tickets to Men’s Basketball Game UH vs. Riverside February 12, 2014
  • 2 Digital Photo Reproductions
  • 2 nights stay in an Ocean View Room at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, $100 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • 2 kama’aina rounds of golf at Wailea Golf Club Gold or Emerald Course
  • One-of-a-kind Reclaimed Redwood Coffee Table
  • Admission for 2 at Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show
  • Worchester Glassworks Blown Glass Tropical Fish
  • Google Virtual Tour consultation for mid-sized business by Zach Mathers
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Forever Young Skin & Nails in Kihei
  • Lavender Celebration Basket from Ali’i Kula Lavender
  • Dinner for 4 at Rock & Brews
  • 2 Rounds of Golf at The Wailea Old Blue Golf Club
  • 3 Days and 2 Nights at The Fairmont Orchid on the Koala Coast, $100 gift certificate from Enterprise Rent-A-Car

 

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MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction to benefit STEM education programs at home

July 10th, 2014 · Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014, STEM

Proceeds from the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction slated for Sat., Aug 23, will benefit a variety of STEM education programs here at home.

Proceeds from the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction slated for Sat., Aug 23, will benefit a variety of STEM education programs here at home.

The annual MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction returns on Saturday, August 23. Held at the Grand Wailea Resort, this annual event raises needed funds for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in our community.

Guests will bid on fabulous prizes at the popular Apples for Education Auctions, compete in a lively “Are You Smarter Than a STEM 5th Grader?” game, and mingle with Distinguished Educators – Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and his wife Lyndelle and Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann – as well as your friends and neighbors. This year’s winner of the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, which honors the legacy of the late U.S. Senator, will also be announced.

The Reception and Silent Auction begins at 4:30 pm, followed by dinner and a program and Live Auction at 6:30 pm.

Sponsorships are available.  Event tickets are $175 per person.  For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 808-875-2300 or visit www.medb.org.

Throughout Maui County, STEM education is empowering students and teachers, thanks to donors of the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund. This past school year, the Fund awarded nearly $175,000 which enabled Robotics teams to compete on Maui, Oahu and even the mainland; equipped digital media labs and engineering technology programs with the latest tools, software and training; prepared students for going head-to-head with national digital media peers, and organized the annual Science Olympiad.

“Thanks to generous businesses and other community stakeholders, we have touched thousands of students,” said Jeanne Skog, MEDB President and CEO. “Donors send a clear message to our students of the value of pursuing careers in STEM.”

For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board, at 808-875-2300 or visit www.medb.org. Sponsorships for the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction are available.

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Ke Alahele Education Fund grant fits into hands-on learning

June 13th, 2014 · Ke Alahele, STEM

A Ke Alahele Education Fund grant for Montessori School of Maui was intended to support its engineering and robotics programs plus help provide a practical learning environment for students to enhance their skills in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM. But it went beyond that, according to Thomas Daubert, the school’s director of development. “In its first year, our after-school Robotics and Engineering studios have provided a fun learning environment for up to 16 students each session,” he said. “The students came away with increased skill development and a new way to perceive themselves and the physical world around them,” Daubert said.

At Montessori, students work in teams to learn the mechanics of simple machines, basic electronic circuits, polarity, magnetism and more. Jason Verkaart, the Robotics studio coordinator, is also a parent of a student at the school. Each session culminates in a fun competitive race or game using the vehicles and systems constructed throughout a course. “Our students have become very excited about seeing the physical application of math, engineering and science coursework and have personally experienced the enthusiasm of a parent working within his profession,” Daubert said.

Daubert said the program was a good fit for a Montessori school with its strong emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning. “As a Montessori school, on a daily basis, we work to develop the interests of each unique student through practical collaborative work, which is the basis for a successful Robotics program. This is a great fit for our school, and we look forward to finding even greater connective points between this after-school studio and our core curriculum activities in the coming year.” MEDB established the Ke Alahele Education Fund to power up STEM Education in Maui County. This year’s Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction will be held Aug. 23 at the Grand Wailea Resort. Call 875-2300, or www.medb.org

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Mayor Arakawa Inspired by STEM

May 29th, 2014 · Education, Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014, STEM

Mayor-Arakawa-Ann-ArakawaFor the past two years, Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann have served as hosts of the popular “Are You Smarter Than a STEM 5th Grader?” – a lively game during the annual MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner that tests attendees’ STEM acumen against those of our students. Often times, with interesting results. Recently, Mayor Arakawa spoke candidly with us about his thoughts on STEM education and the future of our youth.

How did you feel about math and science classes when you were growing up?

Science has always intrigued me. I’ve always loved the different kinds of sciences and did well in those classes…I use the math I learned every day, whether it’s about seeing if a proposed project will pencil out, calculating the plusses and minuses for the county, or balancing our County’s budget.

Do you feel it is important for students to have strong STEM skills today? If so, Why?

It’s absolutely necessary in this day and age to have strong STEM skills. Scientific breakthroughs and technical advancements are happening every day and our youth needs to have these skills in order to survive in this world. Having a strong STEM foundation will benefit our youth for the rest of their life.

How does today’s workforce compare to when you started working?

The workforce of today is not heavy labor.  Back when I was growing up you were just as likely to end up farming or doing heavy labor work. Today, the less people are getting into heavy labor professions and the majority are going into the technology and information sector.  More STEM education is needed in order to expand and support this growing workforce.

You’ve supported the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner every year since you’ve served as Mayor. Why?

The answer is simple.  MEDB’s STEM programs help students excel. Our children are bright. If given the proper motivation and needed skills they can achieve great things. That’s what STEM does. Students are not just there taking up space, they’re learning about space.

What advice would you give to our children regarding education?

My advice is to absorb as much you can and learn how to enjoy learning. It’s a lifetime requirement.  Many of you will not stay in one job forever and you may change careers sometime in your lifetime. So continuous learning experiences will be key to your success.

What was it like living with a terrific Math teacher?

Ann has always been very much involved in education and because of that she was able to take our children and mold them into good learners who enjoy learning. She’s very good at difficult math concepts and balancing our household’s financial books.  I suppose with my interest in science and arithmetic, we complete each other.  I definitely think I got the better deal in our marriage – I got her.

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Innovation award honors legacy of Inouye’s vision

May 21st, 2014 · Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014, STEM

The Maui Economic Development Board is continuing to honor the legacy of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye with an award program in his name. “Senator Inouye was a visionary who saw how important it is to affirm and invest in our students, the future of Hawaii,” said MEDB President and CEO Jeanne Skog. First presented in 2013, the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award advances Senator Inouye’s dream of empowering students who demonstrate an innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve our community.

Deadline for award applications is July 15. The winning project will be one that is ‘outside the box,’ but nevertheless has a practical function and value to the community. Last year’s first honoree was a STEM project conceived and produced by King Kekaulike students Lotus Chen and Sierra Harrell. Using GPS technology and practical applications of math and science, the students mapped out roads leading to and from their school campus. Then, they marked areas that needed crosswalks and sidewalks and took note of troublesome spots where motorists might lose sight of pedestrians. They shared their geospatial map with state and county officials, and their work resulted in Governor Neil Abercrombie releasing nearly $1 million for the Maui County Old Haleakala Highway Sidewalk project.

“Dan would have been pleased that these students worked on a project to potentially save lives,” said his widow, Irene Hirano Inouye. “He was always delighted to see the talented and articulate students display their science, technology, engineering and math projects.” The award will be presented at the annual Ke Alahele Education Fund dinner on August 23 at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. All Maui County middle and high school students are eligible to submit applications. Students need not be in a STEMworks lab to be considered. Each team must have a teacher adviser who will need to sign the project application. For more information on how to enter, or to make reservations for the Ke Alahele dinner and auction, visit: www.medb.org

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Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award

May 19th, 2014 · Ke Alahele, Ke Alahele 2014

The Maui Economic Development Board is pleased to announce that the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award will be presented this year to a student team that demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve our community.

The Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award is open to all Maui County students Grades 6-12. Please encourage your students to apply.  Teams may submit completed applications to Lalaine Pasion at Lalaine@medb.org by August 5, 2014. Relevant supplementary project materials will be accepted with the application.

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Facebook Small Business Boost

May 14th, 2014 · Business Development, Social Media

2014-FB-Small-Business-BoostFacebook’s Small Business Boost is coming to Maui! with special guest speaker, Senator Brian Schatz

Through a special partnership with local business organizations, the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and Facebook invite you to join experts from Facebook’s Small Business Team as they share best practices, success stories, and strategies for how to grow, manage, and understand your small business identity on Facebook. There are over one billion people on Facebook. Learn how to reach the right audience for your business and turn them into loyal customers.

Location: The King Kamehameha Golf Club (Waikapu Ballroom, 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy) in Wailuku.

Date: Sunday, May 25th.

Time:  4:00 Checkin & Networking 4:30 – 6:00pm Presentation

This is a FREE event!

Register for the event

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Ke Alahele grant leads to teaching insight on Molokai

May 14th, 2014 · Ke Alahele

Kualapu’u School teacher Susan Forbes began her Ke Alahele Education Fund grant project with a goal – field a competitive robotics team. It was a building year at the Molokai K-6 charter school and this year the students were not ready to compete. The hope is that soon the returning students will have enough foundational knowledge to handle the robotics materials and that program hours can be expanded to give students enough time to complete their projects, Forbes said.

While she was unable to immediately field a competitive robotics team, Forbes was able to adapt how she trains the students. “I no longer ‘train’ the students individually,” she said. “Instead, I train one student at a time, with the expectation that the student will go on to train another student and so on. This works well and results in students becoming better listeners and observers during the initial teaching,” Forbes explained. All the team members, except two, were exposed to robotics for the first time this school year, Forbes said. “At the end of the year, all participating students learned how to build, program and operate a robot. In addition, the problem-solving format of the challenges promoted perseverance, higher-order thinking, and teamwork – since difficult problems are best tasked out to groups. The students also learned “how to work with one another and to develop their own values and character,” Forbes said.

STEM education incorporates knowledge of science, math and technology with creativity in design and engineering, she said. And, by incorporating the components into one, “student engagement and learning are enhanced.” Forbes said schools should support education in science, technology, engineering and math “not only so that their students see the connection between problems, ideas and solutions/products, but also that their students are better prepared for the types of careers that await them.” MEDB established the Ke Alahele Education Fund to power up STEM Education in Maui County. This year’s Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner and Auction will be held August 23 at the Grand Wailea Resort. Call 875-2300, or go to www.medb.org.

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Students show how 3D computer aided design impacts community

May 7th, 2014 · Education, STEM

King Kekaulike High School students used their developing skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help special needs students overcome a lack of fine-motor skills to create works of art. The project was one of the highlights at the Hawaii STEM Conference held May 2-3 at the Wailea Marriott Resort. “I really enjoy science. I really enjoy art, and STEM shows you that you can bring science and art together,” said sophomore Maya Ooki. She and her classmates Jeremie Amano and junior Rosie Kulhavy-Sutherland made up King Kekaulike’s Program Impact Assessment (PIA) Team. The team was tapped as the overall winner of the PIA competition at the conference.

Using 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), senior A.J. Ramelb created a paintbrush using Solidworks – a 3D CAD program. The 3D CAD design was then printed with their 3D printer allowing Kekaulike’s students with special needs to grip a paintbrush well enough to paint. “It was a really cool project because we used STEM to benefit our community,” Ooki said. King Kekaulike students also won several of the conference software competitions – including the Hackathon competition, the on-site 3D CAD contest and the on-site video competition. Overall, the students from King Kekaulike’s STEMworks lab were those who exemplified the qualities of a successful lab – high-tech resource integration, teamwork, service learning, professional skills, project development and community impact, among others. Each school team developed and gave a 10-minute presentation to judges, including five minutes for questions and answers. Students were judged on self-directed learning, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork, resource integration, community involvement and collaboration.

The two-day conference drew more than 400 students and educators, and about 75 industry professionals. The event hosted representatives of some of the world’s most innovative technology companies – Google, National Geographic Education, Apple for Education, Chevron and more. The conference’s theme was “Innovate, Empower. Impact the World through STEM.” Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology Project, the statewide STEM conference allows students to have first-hand exposure to advanced in-demand technologies, the latest software training and real world challenges in the form of fun, hands-on team competitions. For more information visit http://womenintech.com/HawaiiSTEMConference/.

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