The Stem World From Above

September, 2017

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Awesome Foundation OAHU (AFOAHU) is excited to announce our September 2017 recipient of $1,000 to the Waialua Robotics STEM Learning Center.  AFOAHU was contacted by Mr. Glenn S.B. Lee, a teacher at Waialua High & Intermediate School and the founder/director of the Waialua Robotics STEM Learning Center. Mr. Lee explains to his more about the project. Students in the Waialua Robotics STEM Learning Center in grades 7-8 will participate in a relevant, rigorous, and highly technical STEM Research Digital Media Project that will allow them to 1) engage in the scientific inquiry/engineering design process 2) work with adult volunteers, providing expert mentorship from interested organizations, community members, and higher education institutions 3) and create documentation videos utilizing drone technology to better capture perspective and allow new accessible vantage points to make digital media themes and messages much more powerful.

The VEX IQ STEM Research Project utilizing Digital Media will be offered as a competitive elective and afterschool program platform, during the weekdays and select weekends, including vacation time for middle school students. The project period will be from the beginning of the 1st Quarter of the 2017-18 School Year until the 2018 Hawaii VEX IQ State Championships to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in January 2018. Should the team qualify for the World Championships, they will continue to work on their projects until April 2018 where the event will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. The team plans on participating in local tournaments. At each event, teams will compete with other local VEX IQ Robotic teams across the State including neighbor islands. At each participating tournament, students will be able to enter their STEM research digital media projects for judge’s review. Student participants will be assigned specific roles on the team, based on student interest and strengths. Student roles may change depending on their demonstrated performances as the season moves along. In May 2018 at the conclusion of the project and season, the Waialua STEM Learning Center will report the degree to which individual/team project objectives were met using a STEM Research Investigative Report and Presentation Board, and/or Engineering Design Notebook, and/or Video Documentation.

Wow that sounds like a lot of learning!! Here's where AWESOME comes in. With $1,000 the STEM team can purchase a drone. Not just any drone but the DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter Fly More Combo - Gray Model: CP.PT.00064 SKU: 5659900 Best Buy Electronics 1 $1,299.99 plus tax $1,299.99 plus tax (Remaining cost will be paid for by personal funds).

AFOAHU is all about learning and exploring the minds of our keiki and opening new opportunities for them.  We are honored to have helped in this endeavor.  Mahalo to Mr. Lee for all your hard work.  Good luck in the tournament!!