IMLS Awards INPEACE Native Hawaiian Museum Funds
Informal STEM Learning Exhibitions
Kapolei, Hawai‘i – The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a ‘Ike Hawai‘i Science Exhibit.
The funding of $99,782.00, will enable INPEACE to provide an innovative new traveling science center that aims to increase Native Hawaiian student participation and engagement in science and math.
INPEACE seeks to create a pop-up science exhibit to support improved academic outcomes in science and math for students from pre-school to eighth grade. With the collaboration of science experts, teachers, students and cultural practitioners, the project team will identify and design core exhibits using a culture-based educational approach. The project will link indigenous knowledge and practices with scientific theory, providing hands-on experiences designed to engage youth in STEM learning. The ‘Ike Hawai‘i Science Center Exhibits will visit rural Native Hawaiian communities on O‘ahu and at least one other island. It will be available to public audiences of all ages.
CEO, Maile Keli‘ipio-Acoba says, “We want students from Hawai‘i especially Native Hawaiian students to see science as relevant to their everyday lives. Our ancestors were brilliant scientist, they traveled miles of open ocean toward destinations unseen and created the most brilliant kapa with colors and dyes that remain vibrant centuries later. Science is part of our DNA; its part of our heritage. We want to help our keiki discover that.”
The mission of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their strategic goals are (1) Promote Lifelong Learning, (2) Build Capacity, (3) Increase Public Awareness and (4) Achieve Excellence. www.imls.gov