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Science, Engineering & ROVs: The Kawa Stream Project

To become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow, students today need to be exposed to the world of STEM to make connections between the basic science and math concepts and real-world applications to STEM careers.

The purpose of The Kawa Stream Project is to stimulate interest and develop student capacity for science- and engineering-based college and career pathways by understanding the relationships between 21st century content and contextualized investigative place-based learning.

Funded by a federal grant under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Kawa Stream Project introduces students to a real-world situation and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment.

Kawa Stream, part of the Kaneohe watershed or ahupuaa, has been compromised over the years due to negative impacts from both human and natural forces.

Through research and field studies, 7th and 8th grade students from MidPacific Institute and Washington Middle School will learn about the historical and cultural significance of the area and investigate sources and solutions for remediation of the stream. Students will present their findings at the NOAA Imi Wai Ola Conference in May.

A special thanks to our project partners, without whom this project would not have been possible:

  • The Pacific American Foundation & Waikalua Loko Fishpond
  • The Western Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (NOAA)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering
  • 3D Innovations/3D Academy
  • Administration and Faculty at MidPacific Institute and Washington Middle School

KITV News Clip (Tuesday, April 5th, 2016): http://www.kitv.com/story/31650362/mid-pacific-students-use-high-tech-rovs-to-study-fishpond

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