June 5–23, 2017—Waimea Middle School is offering a three-week “Full STEAM Ahead!” exploratory program this summer for incoming middle school students across Hawai‘i Island that will celebrate “Mālama Honua” – caring for the planet. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday, students will explore the North Hawai‘i watershed and ocean with lessons that blend environmental science with ‘Ike Hawai‘i—hands-on lessons in technology, art, personal wellness, and the health of their island home.
The program, which includes busing within Waimea, breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack daily, is open to all students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at any Hawai‘i Island school. Registration is $60 and scholarships are available. The deadline to apply is May 26.
With a strong STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ‘Āina/Arts and Math) theme, classes will include mauka-makai field science, school garden experiences in Māla‘ai’s outdoor “living” classroom, math-focused cooking including measurement and tastings (called “Making Math Delicious!”), music, coding, art inspired by nature, and wellness including learning about a healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy eats.
All students will participate in four full-day field trips, including a day at Hāpuna Beach learning water safety and concluding with a beach barbecue.
The exciting program is possible thanks to a partnership involving Waimea Middle School, Kamehameha Schools, 21st Century Community Learning Centers–Hāmākua Complex, the Neilan Foundation, Māla‘ai School Garden, The Kohala Center, and the Alex & Duke DeRego Foundation.