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Monday, May 20, 2013
Governor Lingle Signs Legislation to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education as Part of Hawaii Innovation Initiative
On May 30, 2007 Governor Linda Lingle signed a key piece of legislation into law that will help transform the state's economy from one based on land development to one based on innovation and developing Hawaii's human capital. Act 111, which took effect on July 1, 2007, supports the Lingle-Aiona Administration's Hawaii Innovation Initiative, which includes providing Hawaii students with world-class analytical and problem-solving skills developed through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
"The programs established under this bill are part of a long-term effort to develop the innovation capacity of Hawaii's workforce, particularly the younger generation, in order to successfully compete in the global economy," said Governor Lingle. "These initiatives, especially the STEM-related programs, focus on creating life-long learning and skill-building opportunities for students, teachers and our existing labor force."
This measure establishes career and technical programs in a variety of fields, including engineering, computing, robotics and project EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology). Projects will be offered jointly with the University of Hawaii (UH), community colleges, Department of Education (DOE) or private entities.
This includes the establishment of STEM academies on Kauai, through a HiEST (Hawaii Excellence through Science and Technology) Academy pilot program that will be administered by Kauai Community College (KCC) at two public schools.
In addition, the bill creates the FIRST (Fostering Inspiration and Relevance through Science and Technology) program within the UH College of Engineering to focus on setting up project-based learning programs for students in grades 4 through 8. School participation in the FIRST program will be voluntary. The bill also establishes a FIRST teacher training program at UH to support the development of middle school teacher skills and knowledge and the formation of a middle school STEM curriculum with an emphasis on wireless communications.
Additional appropriations under Act 111 will be used for the following purposes:
Here are some of the STEM careers that can be found in Career Kokua: