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STEM Workshop and Outreach in Hawaii

  POSTED ON: Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran

In collaboration with the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, USNA STEM Center faculty visited three schools in Hawaii at the end of August to provide hands-on activities to students in grades 4 to 8. About 80 students at Waialua Elementary on Oahu and 200 each at DeSilva Elementary and Waiakea Intermediate schools in Hilo on the Big Island made coin batteries and conductivity meters, designed simple circuits, solved puzzles and ciphers, programmed ozobots, and completed engineering design challenges. Teachers at the schools were provided with supplies to recreate the activities for other students as well.

The STEM Center also conducted a two-day educator workshop for over 35 formal and informal teachers onsite at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. Sessions were offered in chemistry, hydraulics, optics and sound, sensors and circuits, coding, corrosion, and engineering design. "This training was amazing!" commented Yvette Spain, Enchanted Lake Elementary, "I felt very uneasy about teaching STEM but after this training, I feel better about teaching STEM. You have boosted my confidence and I'm excited to take this back to my school and colleagues and students."

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