CASTLE K-16 ENGINEERING PIPELINE PROJECT TO BOOST STEM ENTHUSIASM FOR WINDWARD OAHU TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

The Harold K. L. Castle Foundation (Foundation) has awarded Chaminade University (University) a $267,627 grant to support the University’s launch of the Castle K-16 Engineering Pipeline Project. The grant, which runs from April 1, 2016 to August 1, 2018, supports the Project’s mission to create high-quality engineering opportunities for elementary, intermediate and high school students in Windward Oahu. The Project targets both teachers and students.

The expected outcomes include increasing teachers’ knowledge and confidence in the implementation of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) in their classrooms, and increasing students’ interest in STEM-related careers which result in improved student achievement in science, math and language arts.

“The vision is two-fold. Through the provision of rigorous engineering-focused sessions for teachers, it is the intent of the project that teachers will be able to teach STEM, with an emphasis on ‘E’ with greater confidence. In addition, with the consistent focus on the EDP from Grades K-12, the students in the project schools will develop and continuously improve their ability to use the EDP as their habit of the mind for problem solving,” said Katherine Kawaguchi, Director (Office of Naval Research Project and Educational Leadership Program) at Chaminade who will oversee the project.

“This partnership between the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation and Chaminade University is an exciting one,” said Terrence George, the president and CEO of Harold K. L. Castle Foundation. “The Castle K-16 Engineering Pipeline Project is in strong alignment with the Foundation’s education and Windward Oahu strategies. The Foundation’s overarching goals are, in education, to increase student achievement by developing instructional leaders, improving the conditions in which they work and equipping them with new teaching and learning strategies. The Foundation has also set its sights on dramatically increasing the number of Windward Oahu youth who complete college and attain employment success, particularly in STEM careers.”

Celebrating 60 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, visit the Chaminade web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###