Hawaiʻi Department of Education hosted the 2020 Math Challenge on Saturday, February 15 at Kapiʻolani Community College. Specialists from Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Office of Hawaiian Education, and local innovation non-profit Education Incubator partnered to host a place-based, project-based learning day focused on helping to solve challenges related to Kahoʻolawe. Students from Waimea, Molokai, Kapolei, Farrington, Aiea, and Castle High School worked on solving problems that were connected to the island using design thinking and mathematical practices.
"Getting young people involved in solving authentic challenges we face, using their skills of public speaking and activating tools in science and math -- that is how we help answer the question ʻWhen will I ever need to know his?ʻ, which we so often hear in our schools. Building towards a thriving Kahoʻolawe leads to a thriving Hawaiʻi, which leads to a thriving planet."
Miki Tomita, Education Incubator.
They were able to think of ways to help control invasive plants and mice, use nets to collect moisture, plant Ohia trees to improve soil quality, and spread the word about the struggles facing Kaho'olawe to a wider audience. The ideas shared not only affected the students involved, but the teachers and administrators that attended.
"Preparing the next generation with the passion for our natural environment and the skills to care for its future is critical to ensure the work our generation has started is carried forward."
Michael Naho'opi'i, Executive Director, Kaho'olawe Island Reserve