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Powerful Palm Education

Innovative learning connects students to a future in clean energy.

April 7, 2011
Trisha Smith
Editorial Assistant

Maui County is at the epicenter of Hawai‘i’s growing investment in sustainable practices and jobs, with county programs and the college concentrating more efforts on developing partnerships that focus on energy science education.

Pioneering technology and education play vital roles in refining a financially viable workforce with a variety of positions to help progress Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative’s ambitious goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030.

NSC Partners LLC is a Maui-based company that innovates by developing mobile, Web and database software applications for education, healthcare, business and sports, recently launching Clean Energy Hawai‘i STEM, an iPad app created to support innovative energy science education worldwide in the palm of your hand. This remarkable product was developed in partnership with Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology project to be used by teachers, parents and students in and/or out the classroom to augment a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. (Visit www.medb.org.)

The sophisticated app’s mastermind—Krishna Narayan, president and founder of NSC Partners—gave attendees at the recent Green Workforce Development Symposium in Kīhei a run-through of the sleek application’s clever features and enlightening activities. The app helps students facilitate the learning process in a modern way and strives to inspire budding minds to recognize the relevancy of a green career.

NSC Partners created interesting activities within the app to “facilitate scientific inquiry on renewable energy topics by way of interactive experiences that leverage the iPad functionality.” A touchable view of Hawai‘i greets users, and allows students to see what types of clean energy—including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind—are accessible on each island. Detailed descriptions for each follow, as students learn about the “energy mix” and legends of each locale, while exploring scientific data, photos, videos and Website links.

Narayan said he’s working on versions for other smart devices. The iPad version is currently priced at $3.99, but will be free on April 22 in honor of Earth Day.

View a tutorial at http://bit.ly/CleanEnergyHawaiiVideo or download the iPad app from iTunes.

 
 
 

 

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