STEMworks CURRICULUM INTRODUCTION
We live in exciting times. Hawaii is home to a multicultural society rich in diverse cultural traditions and brimming with talent. The first inhabitants of these shores experienced the beauty and potential of these islands centuries ago, adapting to their environment by creating a place-based science that nurtured the opportunities they found and met the challenges they encountered. Today is no different. Modern Hawaii is intimately connected to a world seeking to nurture opportunities and meet challenges that face our “island planet” -renewable energy, clean water, sustainable agriculture, and equitable economic development. The fate of our island home and our planet requires keeping faith with the wisdom of our ancestors while applying this wisdom to ever more complex and difficult problems.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are all forms of wisdom based on our ongoing human experience. The knowledge and skills derived from these disciplines will be the source of innovative solutions to humanity’s quality of life. But just as ancient values and wisdom cannot survive without being passed on to future generations, the cumulative wisdom of the STEM disciplines cannot be brought to bear on modern challenges without new scientists, engineers, technicians, and mathematicians. STEMworks is dedicated to encouraging Hawaii’s students to explore careers in STEM fields through hands-on, community based service projects that are rooted in the STEM disciplines.
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