MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Grant Awards 2012 – 2013

Global Technology High School – $4,976

Funding for equipment, including microscopes and lab kits, to establish new school’s Freshman science program and lab.

ROOTS Progressive Grade 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 through 6th graders in the Hawaiian language (Olelo Hawaii). Program will be developed partly in response to multiple requests for Native Hawaiian-focused STEM programs at Hawaiian immersion schools.

Seabury Hall – $5,000

Funding for robotics equipment and supplies for school’s start-up High School robotics program. This program expands on the successful Middle School robotics program.

Maui High School – $4,000

Funding for robotics supplies and equipment for the school’s successful, competition-winning VEX program and for travel assistance to state competition.

Iao Intermediate School – $4,224

Support for robotics team travel to attend 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 (FLL) tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and visit UH-Maui College.

Baldwin High School – $5,000

Funding for robotics equipment and supplies for VEX team, and to offset travel expenses for Maui and State competition.

Molokai Middle School – $5,000

Support for travel expenses for robotics team to attend the First Lego League (FLL) tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and visit 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 visit UH-Maui College.

Hana Middle School Ecosystem Penpals – $5,000

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

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 Hokulea’s sister ship, 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

Funding to support travel for the VEX Robotics team to the Pan-Pacific Oahu tournament in February 2013, as well as tournament registration fees and robotics supplies.

Maui High School – $5,000

Funding to support travel for the FIRST Robotics team to attend the Regional competition in Los Angeles in March 2013.

Maui Preparatory Academy’s Sustainable Curriculum: Aquaponics – $2,000

Partial funding for multigrade science project to build and 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

Funding for FIRST Robotics program, including parts and supplies, and assistance for team travel to competition on Oahu and In California.

Maui High School – $5,000

Support for Digital Media program travel (20 students and 2 instructors) to the Student Television Network Convention in Los Angeles. College campus visits are also planned.

4-H Dirt Devils – $5,000

Funding for successful 4-H program participants (9 students and 1 instructor) to travel to the National Conservation Awareness Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma City. A similar grant in 2010 resulted in 3 national awards.

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

Funding to allow the Baldwin Science Olympiad Team to travel for State competition on Oahu. The Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation.

Molokai Middle School – $5,000

Support for participation by successful robotics team in the First Lego League Invitational Tournament at Carlsbad, CA, in May 2013.

King Kekaulike High School – $5,000

Funding for expansion and upgrading of school Agriculture Program’s hydroponics lab.