For the fifth consecutive year, Maui Economic Development Board's Women in Technology Project presented the Hawai'i STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Conference at the Wailea Marriott Resort & Spa. This year, the conference met on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. More than 300 students from 25 schools on six islands, plus 80 teachers, attended.
Representing the 2014 theme, "Innovate-Empower-Impact the World through STEM," the conference drew hundreds of students statewide to celebrate STEM learning projects. Participants were reminded to "Consider what this phrase means and how to apply their own STEM abilities to innovate, empower and impact their community, if not the world."
The conference joined other STEM and digital media students, teachers, parents and industry professionals to share their work and participate in everything the event offered, such as breakout sessions, software competitions, exhibit presentations, a formal award banquet and much more.
Maui High School offered one of two Maui teams that qualified to advance to the World VEX Robotics Championship in Anaheim, California. Displaying the Maui High robotic achievements at the STEM conference are (left to right) Preston Rodrigues, Michael Strickland and Christian Fillazar.
Experts from innovative companies such as Google, National Geographic, SketchUp, Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of Hawai'i Maui College provided hands-on STEM lessons and helped conference participants apply their STEM skills.
The Hawai'i STEM Conference is growing in prestige and impact with each succeeding year, as shown by the strong statewide attendance and top-tier quality of event partners and presenters.