(pictured left to right) Baldwin High Robotics team members Brandon Waite and Evan Grimes work on the chassis of their robot during the 2013 FIRST season.
Throughout Maui County, students and teachers are being empowered through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, thanks to the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund.
Recently, Maui Economic Development Board announced the list of 2013-2014 awardees receiving more than $90,000 in grants. Awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each, were distributed this school year to expand STEM education and careers in Maui County.
“These grant funds are enabling local schools and organizations to create enriching STEM education programs,” said Ryan Churchill, MEDB Education Committee Chair. “Students and teachers gain important STEM skills, build confidence and obtain needed tools to help them succeed in education and prepare for their careers.”
This recent round of grants went to support Robotics teams, the Science Olympiad, equipment and software for digital media labs, kits for engineering technology programs, participation at the national digital media competition and other STEM-related projects.
Since 2007, over $740,000 in grants have been awarded thanks to generous individuals and businesses who recognize the value of investing in our youth who represent our economic future. The 2014 fundraising dinner will be held on Sat., Aug. 23 at the Grand Wailea Resort.
“Community supporters like MEDB are helping students on our Robotics team learn something new and strengthen our skills,” said Jasmine Feliciano, Maui High School’s Robotics Team co-captain. “Ultimately, we strive to be independent and motivated individuals who will be challenged, learn from our failures, and realize that we are all winners.”
For more information about the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund and the August 23rd Benefit Dinner & Auction, call 875-2300 or visit www.medb.org.
MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Grant Awards (September 2013 – March 2014)
Baldwin High School Fund the Future Sponsorship: Robotics – $5,000
Support Baldwin High School Robotics Team’s 2013-14 season, which includes robot programming, design, building, competition, and publicity.
Maui High School Fund the Future Sponsorship: Robotics – $5,000
Support Maui High School Robotics Team’s 2013-14 season which includes robot programming, design, building, competition, and publicity.
Baldwin High School – $4,000
Continue to support Baldwin High’s 4th season of VEX robotics program and competition participation.
Kualapu`u Charter School – $1,914
Restart Kualapu`u Charter School’s competitive robotics team after a one year hiatus and participate in the 2013 FIRST Lego League Robotics competition.
Kaunakakai Elementary School – $1,618.46
Support the school’s extracurricular robotics program and allow students to participate in the 2013 FIRST Lego League Robotics competition.
Molokai Middle School – $2,015.97
Funding will help state champion robotics team compete in regional robotics tournaments. Robotics has exposed Molokai Middle School to first-time STEM opportunities and skills.
King Kekaulike High School – $3,880
Continue the VEX Robotics program at King Kekaulike, giving interested students the opportunity to explore various STEM pathways through competition and skill development.
Seabury Hall – $2,558
Award allows Seabury Hall to form its first Hawaii State Science Olympiad team and enhance the school’s STEM curriculum through team learning and competition.
Maui Waena Media Club – $4,691.69
Augment the middle school’s media club with three new Apple MacBooks designated for digital media training and competition.
Kihei Charter Middle School – $2,364
Help students struggling in math by offering new education applications and unique learning platforms through the purchase of 12 tablet computers.
Pukalani Elementary School – $4,945
Supplement an engineering, project-based curriculum that encourages classrooms to integrate and expand STEM concepts across disciplines through “STREAM” (STEM + reading and arts).
Kalama Intermediate School – $5,000
Help eighth grade students learn and practice the skills required for 21st century citizens through “Hui Ho`okele,” problem-based STEM units taught quarterly.
Kaunakakai Elementary School – $5,000
Enable 5th graders to participate in “weXplore,” an initiative to promote college and career readiness through a variety of inquiry-based STEM projects in the classroom, including bridge building, electrical boards and circuitry, computer-aided design (CAD), computer technologies, robotics, and flight and space exploration.
Hawaii State Science Olympiad – $1,000
Sponsor Hawaii State Science Olympiad (HSSO), a “hands-on, minds-on” team-based science program for K-12 public, private, charter, and home schools across the state. HSSO is a science-education non-profit organization associated with the National Science Olympiad program.
Kihei Charter High School – $1,250
Fund the purchase of 20 “SparkFun” Inventor Kits which teaches the basic concepts of electronic circuitry, introduces electronics and programming careers, and primes interested students for entry into the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program at University of Hawaii Maui College.
Molokai High School – $2,053.45
Build capacity for the VEX Robotics Club through mentoring middle school students and fund competition at the Valley Isle VEX Tournament.
Kihei Charter Middle School – $4,000
Allow students to produce a modeled solution using “Autodesk Inventor” software and an in-house 3D printer. Local STEM professionals provide guidance and support in the engineering design process.
Maui High School – $5,000
Continue to support Maui High School’s ten-year robotics program by funding participation in the FIRST Robotics competition and their community outreach efforts.
Lokelani Intermediate School – $4,000
Fund the school’s robotics program which has over 200 students participating in three different tournaments. The program partners with mentors from the Maui High Robotics Club to build skills and confidence.
Maui High School Fund the Future Sponsorship: Digital Media – $5,000
Help offset expenses for sixteen students and two teachers to attend the 2014 Student Television Network convention to learn about new communication technologies, creative media, and broadcast journalism.
Montessori School of Maui – $5,000
Expand the school’s newly launched robotics program and enhance STEM curriculum.
Lahainaluna High School Fund the Future Sponsorship: Digital Media – $5,000
Update and expand the school’s digital media lab with the purchase of iMac computers and “Final Cut Pro X” video editing software.
Maui Waena Intermediate School – $5,000
Allow more than 25 robotics student participants to compete in the state Botball tournament.
PBS Hawaii – $5,000
Support HIKI NO, a PBS Hawaii learning initiative that trains students in digital media, communications, broadcast journalism, STEM, and 21st-century workforce skills in a professional setting. Student-produced HIKI NO episodes are broadcast weekly on PBS Hawaii.