Newsletter Summer 2019

Message From STEMS2

Aloha, E Komo Mai!!!

As I reflect on this summer of STEMS² (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Sense of Place) I am overwhelmed with gratitude, joy and happy exhaustion :). This summer many STEMS² dreams were realized! First, our STEMS² network has gone international with a new partnership in Japan with Tsukuba University. Then, on June 27, 2019, we hosted our first annual STEMS² Symposium, which was two years in the making. Two days later, with the graduation of Cohort 4, the STEMS² network welcomed 15 new alumni.

With the start of Cohort 5, we’ve reached over 100 participants in both the STEMS² Master’s and Professional Development programs! We are also thankful to Senator Hirono for taking part in STEMS² cohort 5 learning journey to HIMB MakerLab. Last, but not least, we launched our new STEMS² website, which was a true labor of love and a fantastic learning experience. These accomplishments would not be possible without the constant support and inspiration from our alumni and community partners. We are proud to feature their work in this newsletter. We hope you enjoy exploring the news, profiles, pictures, and curriculum. The adventure continues!

Tara O

Tara O'Neill Director, STEMS² Masters Concentration

Hirono visit with cohort 5 member
Senator Hirono visits with STEMS² Cohort 5 member at HIMB MakerLab Photo Credit: HIMB


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First Annual STEMS²  Symposium was a Great Success

On June 27, 2019 a goal three years in the making was achieved, the STEMS² Initiative hosted the first annual STEMS² Symposium.


STEMS² graduate's indigenous teaching practices featured on Edutopia

STEMS² graduate of Cohort 3, Bella Finau-Faumuina, was featured in this Edutopia article, "A Framework for Educational Equity." Bella's work featured in this article started with the STEMS² unit she developed in the program.

Students doing robotics

STEMS² Announces MOU with University of Tsukuba

In 2017 Dr. Tara O’Neill and Dr. Hirohisa Nagai piloted a partnership in which STEMS² collaborated with University of Tsukuba and the Tsukuba University Laboratory School Network to provide student and teacher delegations with STEMS² learning experiences.


Welcome to the Newest Curriculum Studies STEMS² Masters Alumni

The STEMS² Network is pleased to welcome the newest alumni of the STEMS² Masters track.

Students in Loi

Applications Open October 1 for STEMS² Cohort 6

Accepting applications for the STEMS² master's track (cohort 6 participants) starting October 1.

Meet the STEMS2 ʻOhana

Members of Cohort 4, our newest STEMS² alumni! Meet more of our community and partners in our Network Directory.
Charmaine Kimoto

Charmaine Kimoto
STEMS2 Student/Alumni

High School Science Teacher

MIchael Samiano

Michael Samiano
STEMS2 Student/Alumni

Elementary Special Education Teacher

Nicholas Schaffer
STEMS2 Student/Alumni

Informal Educator: Professional Ski Instructor/Farmer/Ecologist