The 2016 MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction will be held on Saturday, August 20 at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Reception/Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, followed by Dinner/Live Auction at 6 pm. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
The MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund awards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grants for K-12 projects and funding to supplement the extensive work of MEDB’s Women in Technology program that create innovative pathways to STEM careers. In 2015-16, MEDB has awarded more than $137,000 in STEM grants, including such diverse initiatives as:
- Creation of a monthly televised newscast and a bilingual website to archive STEM activities for Molokai High Hawaiian Language Immersion Program
- Equipment and software upgrades for Baldwin High School’s digital media club
- Support for King Kekaulike High School’s participation in the annual EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit
- Equipment to enable technology integrated learning at Kihei Charter Middle School
- Participation of Haiku Elementary School at EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit
- Robotics programs at 10 Maui County schools
- Funding for 2015 Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award winners:
- Molokai High School and students Lily and Sarah Jenkins for their project on the effect of the Mangroves on Molokai’s reef system
- Molokai High School and students Amber “Momi” Afelin, Keaʻaokahonua Davis, and Alexandria Simon for their project exploring the possibility of turning algae into a profitable resource
- King Kekaulike High School and students Jeremie Amano and Gabriel Rayburn for the design of an app which allows residents to report sightings of different invasive species.
For more information about the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund and the benefit dinner and auction on August 20, call 875-2300 or visit www.medb.org.