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Ocean FEST and Nā Pua Noʻeau Form Partnership

Posted on | January 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Ocean FEST and Nā Pua Noʻeau Form Partnership

Ocean FEST event

Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology’s Ocean FEST (Families Exploring Science Together) and Hilo’s Nā Pua Noʻeau has formed a new partnership to bring hands-on science to the Native Hawaiian community.

Ocean FEST engages students in grades 3–6 and their parents and teachers in family science nights filled with fun hands-on activities based on the latest oceanography research. Nā Pua Noʻeau aims to provide educational enrichment for Hawaiian children in grades K–13.

“We’re really excited about this partnership,” says Ocean FEST Director Barbara Bruno. “It’s a great opportunity to bring cutting edge science to Native Hawaiian families. Hawaiʻi’s oceans are rapidly changing—largely due to global climate change—and we need geoscientists from the local community to tackle these problems. The key goal of Ocean FEST is to interest Hawaiʻi’s children in pursuing a career in ocean and earth science.”

“Nā Pua Noʻeau is very excited about this endeavor,” says Nā Pua Noʻeau Oʻahu Site Coordinator Greg Kashigi. “We anticipate that this partnership will make STEM related fields accessible and fun for our students and families. We believe that working with Ocean FEST will raise the aspirations of Native Hawaiian students and encourage them to pursue higher education and careers in these fields.”

Ocean FEST and Nā Pua Noʻeau will offer events on Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Maui and the Big Island.

Read the news release.