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Intra-curricular Enrichment

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DT at Nanakuli Elementary School

In May, HI FusionED concluded a 3-year project in partnership with Nanakuli Elementary School (NES). Led by Principal Lisa Higa, the project involved professional development and training to improve school culture and increase student success. Each year, Principal Higa selects a personal/professional development concept book for faculty and staff to read over the summer. She […]

HI FusionED: Design Thinking-based PD

Design Thinking is a 5-step process to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges. Born from a need to improve business products and services, Design Thinking integrates end-users into a participatory design process, transforming passive users into collaborative designers. Most recently, growing interest has accelerated initiatives that transfer Design Thinking protocols to address education reform. Since 2011, HI FusionED has adopted […]

Teaming Up with Hawaiian Electric: PowerScope

Hawaiian Electric’s Smart Power for Schools program launched a new project to help public schools save energy and educate students about managing the electric grid of the future. Partnering with technology companies, Hawaiian Electric presents PowerScope – a project that utilizes advanced technology tools to help students learn about electricity, solar power, energy conservation and mathematics. Energy monitors […]

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 […]

The Outdoor Classroom: EcoVentures Hawai‘i

(2015 O‘ahu) “Probably the most fun (and huge learnings) I’ve had in any workshop!” (Post-activity survey quote) In June, HI FusionEd launched EcoVentures Hawai‘i – a pilot “Ride & Learn” professional development (PD) program for educators. The pilot (funded, in part, by the Hawai‘i State Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant), HI FusionED and partner, Earthworks, used the abundant […]

Golden Hawks Rock DT Training!

Student leaders at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School took the reins and led their fellow officers in an immersive Design Thinking (DT) training session. The day was filled with happy discussions, music and dance all with the purpose of improving their learning environment through innovative strategies. It was a delightful experience for all the adults, […]

DT for Nanakuli Schools

Recently, the HI FusionED Team has been busy helping Nanakuli Elementary and Nanakuli High and Intermediate School learn about the Design Thinking (DT) process and how to apply its principles to activate innovative change within their school cultures. Two very different approaches were presented, challenging the Team to dig deep into their DT toolkits. At Nanakuli Elementary School, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]