The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. This year, reports indicate more than one billion people from 195 countries participated in Earth Day activities focusing on education, public policy, and consumer efforts. Earth Day 2017 coincided with the first March for Science, a celebration and call to action to promote the importance of science and to encourage education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and communities.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the launch of Earth Day, the Network is striving to broaden the definition of “environment” to include issues that affect health and communities, such as greening schools and jobs, and promoting activism to eliminate air and water pollution – all based on science!
This past Saturday, I was glad to have the opportunity to participate in this important day in conjunction with my local AAUW Tech Savvy event. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) conference designed to attract middle school girls into STEM careers. Our keynote speaker encouraged participants to keep asking why? It was educational and a blast…!
-|- Doctor for a Day -|- Water Quality Matters -|-
-|- Did you say bone saw?? -|- Hooray for Science! -|-
E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike, To Search for Knowledge, is an exciting project designed to counter a lack of awareness, access to, and competency engaging with Hawaiian resources. Team members work with librarians, other educators, and directly with students to teach information literacy and introduce culturally relevant resources.
The 2017 Native Hawaiian Education Convention (NHEA), hosted at the beautiful Windward Community College (WCC) Campus, included a E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike session to teach about databases and search strategies to retrieve information for professional and personal use including genealogy, Hawaiian language, hula, land, and more.
Tuti Kanahele describes options for making Kahili.
Participants also recognized outstanding educators and enjoyed keynotes on topics of current interest such as the amazing Hōkūleʻa voyage and Hawaiian films. Producer Beau Bassett gave an update on Out of State, a documentary exploring the lives of a group of Hawaiian inmates living far from home. There were hands-on workshops too – such as Pena Kiʻi i Keahiakahoe, observation, mo’olelo and mele of the area in conjunction with painting of one of O’ahu’s most famous mountains; and Kahili paʻa lima, the art of feather making.
mānoa valley, on the island of oʻahu, is beautiful in myriad ways – rich in history and intriguing spaces.
the neighborhood is also home to cycle mānoa, an awesome community-based organization dedicated to promoting bike culture.
founded in 2008, cycle mānoa is a volunteer organization that supports and enables cycling on campus and throughout the island. participants offer bike repairs for students, and the general public, for free, and parts at cost, as well as hands-on learning of bike repair. donations welcome.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauaʻi, and visit Lāwa`i Kai, also known as Allerton Garden. Having spent time at the Allerton Gardens in Monticello, IL, it was incredible to see and learn about this other magical place – where nature and human creativity come together.
1. Pineapple statue 2. Diana’s Fountain and reflection pool 3. Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus macrophylla) as seen in Jurassic Park 4. Bronze Mermaid 5.Buddha statue amid golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) 6. Rooster and rooster statues 7. Allerton residence featuring wraparound lanai
Allerton Garden is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), a not-for-profit institution dedicated to tropical plant research, conservation, and education. NTBG also sponsors the Breadfruit Institute, which promotes the use of breadfruit for food and reforestation.
hackerspaces, community-operated physical places where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects, and learn with each other, have been around many years. they emerge from and enable DIY culture. they have been growing in popularity for the past decade.
i was first introduced to makerspace at the CU fab lab, which offers open times as well as classes – and the nearby IDEA store is a great place to find materials. makerspaces in academic, school, and public libraries are growing rapidly too. ‘Iolani Sullivan Center is an awesome example.
here are a few makerspace sources to keep handy:
makerspaces align with the STEAM movement and with standards like NGSS – particularly the science and engineering dimension focused on engaging in practices to build, deepen, and apply knowledge.
sometimes making can even take place on the move. earlier this year, i had the opportunity to engage in some problem-based learning onboard the 42-foot research vessel, Kaholo. ahoy!