Tag Archives: STEM

VPerch II In Test Phase

The 2014 Virtual SeaPerch orientation for teachers was held at the awesome Chew Tech Center at Mid-Pacific Institute (July 22-23). Participants were able to get a broad overview of the beta application and contribute to the improvement and further development of an integrated academics program centered on marine tech. Since 2012, a collaborative partnership with 3D design consultancy, 3D Innovations (3D Academy [...]

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DT and EDP

Through funding from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, isisHawaii had the opportunity and pleasure of introducing the Design Thinking (DT) process to the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Honolulu District (HOND) administrators, specialists and teacher mentors. Already vested in the successful integration of Engineering Design Processes (EDP) throughout some of their complex schools, HOND wanted to explore how compatible DT would [...]

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Nanakuli Aquaponics ROCKS!

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) program has some awesome updates! Thanks to hard working educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, volunteers, community partners and 9th grade students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, new walkways lined with ‘uala (sweet potato) have been installed and pa pohaku (rock walls) have been built around the lo‘i (irrigated terrace) surrounding the greenhouse. Plantings will include a noni [...]

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La‘au Lapa‘au: Healing with Native Plants

isisHawaii’s “Ipu Waiwai Kula ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project has provided wonderful opportunities to connect local professionals from academia, industry and the community to educators to co-design culturally responsive project-based activities for students. One such professional is Leinaala Bright – a certified healing practitioner – who has helped our school partners to better understand connections between Western science and traditional [...]

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Aquaponic-grown Ipu at Nanakuli

See what’s been growing at our Nanakuli “Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project site! Educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, harvested these ipu, or “Bottle Gourd” (Lagenaria siceraria), mainly for safety reasons. They were growing so fast and large that she was afraid of the gourds falling on someone (the plants have since been removed). Compared to her soil-grown ipu, the aquaponic-grown [...]

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StartSomeGood: Fund Drive for Nanakuli – MAHALO!

The Nanakuli Community Aquaponics Center StartSomeGood peer-funding campaign has closed and, unfortunately, it has fallen far short of our goal. isisHawaii would like to thank all our pledgees who believed in this initiative — your support has inspired us to continue seeking all the required resources to realize this vision for the Nanakuli community. The GOOD news is that, due [...]

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KULA Project Begins for Leeward Educators

  The long awaited implementation phase of isisHawaii’s Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) (KULA) has finally begun. With construction of the Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate School outdoor greenhouses complete, curricular training commenced promptly with the opening of school year 2013-14. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program, KULA focuses on multidisciplinary applications through [...]

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Po‘okela Academy Visits WindwardCC

    September 20, 2013 – Students from Castle High School’s Po‘okela Academy visited Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawai‘i, to explore the science behind aquaponics, a sustainable hybrid agricultural method that nurtures both fish and produce in a water-based environment. Funded by a Hawai‘i P-20 initiative grant (College Access and Challenge Grant), isisHawaii was able to coordinate the activity [...]

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Ipu Waiwai at Makaha Elementary

isisHawaii’s project – Ipu Waiwai – Storing the Wealth of Learning (IPU) – is alive and well at Makaha Elementary School! IPU (a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program) provided training and resources for public school teachers (grades 4-6) in the Nanakuli/Wai‘anae district to better engage students and increase academic achievement through standards aligned [...]

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6th Annual Hawaii Robofest Regional

Hawai‘i Robofest celebrated its 6th annual Regional Qualifier on Saturday, April 27th, at the beautiful University of Hawaii West O‘ahu campus. Over 230 students (48 teams) participated, including 4 new schools from West O‘ahu (Nanakuli, Wai‘anae) and Kalihi. Tournament results are, as follows: SRCC Game Category (Jr Division – 17 entries): 1st place: 783-1 Team 1 (Highlands IS) 2nd place: [...]

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