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Wailea Marriott to Host
Statewide STEM Conference

Posted 11:12 AM HST, February 15, 2011

The Project is administered by the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., with offices at the Maui Research and Technology Center in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. Leslie Wilkins, Program Administrator pictured in red. Photo courtesy of WIT.

By Sonia Isotov

On April 1-2, the Wailea Marriott will host over 200 STEM/Service Learning students, teachers, parents, community and business leaders from around the state.

The Hawaii STEM Conference brings together the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) communities in the state to build the STEM pipeline from education to employment. STEM is part of a workforce development initiative started over 10 years ago by the Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Women in Technology (WIT) program.

The Women in Technology Project is funded in part through grants from the U.S. Department’s of Labor, Agriculture and Education. It is the first workforce development project of its kind to encourage girls, women and underrepresented groups into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.

The WIT STEM/Service Learning model has been recognized nationally as an innovative, relevant, and successful approach to education. In the STEM/Servicing Learing program, students routinely interact with hardware and software in animation, computer aided design, engineering design, visualization, database design, webpage design, programming, office automation, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems. The students, working in teams, tackle sophisticated service-oriented projects. In the process of solving these problems, students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems.

STEM conference will showcases students displays in the Wailea Marriott ballroom.

A primary goal of this STEM conference is to challenge and encourage as much participation from students as possible. To this end, we are holding software competitions at the conference, allowing teams to display their creative and tech skills in CAD, Web design, Game Design, Poster Design, Music Design, and Video. See competition guidelines here. Competition winners will be announced on Day two at the Hawaii STEM Conference Awards Banquet.

For many, it is their first experience at a regional technology conference complete with breakout sessions, software competitions, a formal awards banquet, and exhibit presentations. It will be an excellent opportunity for students to get the latest software training, and compete against other teams in challenging, but fun software competitions.

Over the two days, software training sessions will be held in the following areas — 3D CAD, Photoshop, Web Design, Game Design, Videography, GIS/GPS, Leadership, Science/Adaptive Optics, and Green Technologies. For a complete list, see our Breakout Sessions.

Learn more about the 2011 Hawaii STEM Conference

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  • http://www.hoolua.org Roy Brooks

    Hoolua, a native Hawaiian, Hawaii 501c3.

    I am the chairman of the board and would like to attend your conference on the 1st and 2nd of April. I have an organization that supports career development strategies for persons with disabilities, native Hawaiians, and those with barriers to employment and a self sustainability. I saw applications to attend for students and parents. Is there a separate app. for organizations such as Hoolua? Is there a fee, other than cost of banquet? Do I need to register for Saturday sessions? where might I begin this process?

  • Sonia Isotov

    Hi Roy, please follow the link in the article above for more information and to register for the event. The above mentioned event is not sposored by MauiNow.com. I hope that helps, Sonia Isotov, Business Reporter, MauiNow.com