Future of the Pacific: Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers Through Place-Based Problem-Solving Using Innovative STEM Curriculum and Technology Tools
Technical Report,01 Feb 2013,01 Dec 2015
Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. Kihei United States
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The Future of the Pacific FOP program has sought to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by developing and implementing a multi-faceted STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math program for middle and high school students and teachers throughout the Pacific Region. The programs main focus has been Hawaii schools, specifically targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields, including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students as well as young girls and women. Within Hawaii, workshops and activities in the FOP program reached 275 teachers representing over 18,500 students, with a focus on inquiry learning methods and culturally-relevant STEM projects and activities for students with a broad spectrum of interests and abilities. Additionally, the program expanded in Asia-Pacific through a joint educational research pilot extending through 2014 with The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology in Thailand, training eight Thai and Lao PDR teachers in inquiry learning methods. The final program presentation, evaluation, and reflection were presented in Bangkok March 30-April 5, 2014. Results from this pilot phase included a 100 implementation rate in all recipient schools with 37 activities presented to more than 350 students.