THINK Fund Awards 2015 STEM Learning Grants

2015 STEM Learning Grants

Twenty-four organizations on Hawai‘i Island received $500,000 in grants through the THINK (The Hawai‘i Island New Knowledge) Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation STEM Learning Grants Program to boost learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for students.  The programs that received funding range from professional development in STEM for teachers through multi-school partnerships to ‘āina-based programs for youth that integrate science and mathematics to summer internships in STEM fields.

After receiving a large number of quality proposals for the THINK Fund at HCF STEM Learning Grants Program, HCF felt the time was right to invite other funders to contribute.  HCF has brought on an additional six funding partners who are generously supporting this program.  With lead funding of $200,000 from TMT, the other funders contributed an additional $300,000 toward the grantees selected through the program.

The grantees were selected by THINK Fund at HCF’s advisory committee, which is made up of local volunteer leaders who assist the HCF staff in developing strategy, reviewing grant applications, and making award decisions for the fund. Recipients of the inaugural grant awards through THINK Fund at HCF STEM Learning Grants Program:

  • Akamai Workforce Initiative – Internship Program
  • Big Island Invasive Species Committee – Teacher Professional Development for STEM
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island – Akeakamai Aloha ‘Aina
  • Friends of the Future – Earl’s Garage
  • Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy and Waimea Elementary – STEM Summer Learning Partnership
  • Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium – Inspiration Imagination Innovation (I⊃;) Project
  • Hilo Intermediate, Kaumana Elementary School and EB Desilva Elementary School – STEM Framework Partnership
  • Holualoa Elementary School – Expand and Integrate STEM
  • Honaunau Elementary School – Garden for STEM Learning
  • Honoka‘a Complex – STEM Partnership
  • Honoka‘a Complex – TechnoTrailer
  • ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center – Mobile Science Outreach
  • Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana – Malama Kipuka-Taking Care of a Culturally Sacred Place Through Science Exploration
  • Ke Kula ‘o Nawahiokalani ‘ōpū‘u – Ko Kula Kai
  • Kea‘au Elementary School Robotics
  • Kealakehe High School – STEM Education
  • Keaukaha One Youth Development – RISE 21st Century After School Program
  • Kohala Watershed Partnership – Environmental Education
  • Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School – Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills
  • North Kohala Community Resource Center – Kohala Robotics
  • Pa‘a Pono Miloli‘i – ‘Imiloa O Miloli‘i Miloli‘i Seekers of Knowledge”
  • PISCES Moon RIDER at Kealakehe High School
  • Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School -Full STEM Ahead
  • West Hawai‘i Explorations Academy Public Charter School Robotics

Donors –  Give and support this Hawai’i Island STEM education opportunity by contributing to the THINK Fund at HCF. Contact Lydia Clements at or 808-885-2174 if you are interested in getting involved with STEM philanthropy.

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