HI FusionED’s partner, Hapa Farms, hosted an inspirational site visit of their food forest! Using natural, sustainable practices that align with nature, rather than fighting against it, this food forest is a bountiful source of produce and fish. Bioswales capture and redirect water, tilapia feast on live food grown on-site, including black soldier fly larvae, fairy shrimp, and moina, and trees thrive with green waste water from the fish!
Thank you to our partners, Hawaii Workforce Pipeline (https://www.hawaiiworkforcepipeline.com/) for matching our coding students with job shadowing opportunities in IT, Computer Science, and Engineering. Check out some of their opportunities in this video (https://drive.google.com/file/d/12DN19L9aS9bgrxmMv9d5LIem6Ro1Q3GI/view). If you’re a student in the Windward or Honolulu Districts and are interested in job shadowing or mentorship opportunities, please reach out!
Mahalo to the Windward District Office CTE for inviting HI FusionED to lead an introductory coding training in Scratch for their coding teachers working group! Our team had so much fun leading the nine teachers in creating custom animations to practice coding skills.
A second cohort of students enrolled in Kalei’opu’u Elementary’s aquaponics enrichment class! Their families came together at the beginning of the year to learn about aquaponics and modify the systems. Students meet every other week to learn to build and maintain the systems, keep fish healthy, and grow and harvest their plants.
HI FusionED and the Windward District Office CTE co-hosted a Python coding training for teachers in the Windward District! Six teachers, reaching grades K through 12, were introduced to the Python coding language and created mini games to practice their newfound skills!
Python is a great introductory text-based coding language that was designed to be intuitive. It is a great tool for learning coding but is also used in commercially-available products and apps, including YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify!
This work was sponsored by a grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
The Tinker & Do Academy has been so excited to offer in-person classes again! We are currently providing robotics classes for preschoolers through first graders, and coding classes for 1st through 6th graders. All courses are focused on providing engaging, hands-on activities for our students to practice tech and coding skills that are FUN! Classes are offered through enrichment programs across the island – please check with your school or contact us for more information!
We were so excited to be able to support three schools in the Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex on Hawai’i island to offer coding enrichment summer classes! HI FusionED provided interactive training in Scratch coding, along with instructional videos for students to follow. This work was done in partnership with our collaborators at the University of Hawai’i College of Education, Curriculum Research & Development Group.
Our collaborators at RoboNation are holding their first in-person Robo Sub competition in several years! RoboNation hosts several international robotics competitions, in which students grow their love for robotics and bulid real-world skills they’ll need in the workforce, and in life. They engage over 250,000 students each year!
In 2018, HI FusionED partnered with RoboNation to help host the international Maritime RobotX Challenge on Sand Island! In addition to the rigorous autonomous maritime vehicle competition for university-level teams from across the world, there was also a hands-on science and engineering fair for Hawaii’s K-12 students. Students were able to drive tethered underwater robots, learn to tie maritime knots from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, play with 3D printers, explore NOAA science centers, and more! They also got to talk story with the RobotX competition teams and see the competitors in action!
HI FusionED and the Tinker & Do Academy received a grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation to provide free enrichment classes and in-class training and support for teachers in coding! This effort is an initial step to develop the coding career pipeline in the state. Check out the Tinker & Do website for class offerings!
HI FusionED, in partnership with Hapa Farms, is helping to develop the aquaponics program at Kalei’opu’u Elementary. Families, faculty, staff, and community members came together to build systems for students to manage and study as part of an enrichment class centered on sustainability, health, and nutrition.