To help recruit and prepare a new generation of geoscientists in Hawaii, the University of Hawaii in Mānoa hosted 13 high school students and two teachers from all over Oʻahu during an engaging two-week summer program that included lectures, laboratory experiments and field activities.

Bridget Smith Konterprogram coordinator and teacher Earth Science in the uh Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), says the Earth, Planets, `Ike and Kuleana (EP’IK) The summer program aims to develop a meaningful and sustainable educational path for local students that provides learning opportunities for Earth and planetary sciences while emphasizing `ike Hawaii (Hawaiian knowledge) and kuleana (responsibility). In addition, the program responds to the growing need to diversify geosciences and build on existing strengths in the uh Manoa.

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During this third year of the program, students learned about volcanism in the ocean depths, the solar system and much more, including earthquakes, beach dynamics, climate change and water resources. . Through hands-on experiments, computer modeling, data analysis, and field trips uh Manoa and Oʻahu, activities emphasized critical thinking and inquiry-based learning, and incorporated local aspects of Hawaiian geology and native Hawaiian culture.

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“After participating in EP’IK summer, I’m much more excited about pursuing a career as a scientist,” said a EP’IK student. “[Prior] In this program, I had little information about the world of geosciences and had experience only in laboratory type environments. This program helped me to see that different careers in geosciences were extremely attractive, like going to beaches to study sand erosion, or conducting deep sea research, or even surveying and creating maps of different zones and climates. .

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Each program theme connected traditional knowledge as a way to provide specific and relevant commonalities between Earth sciences and Native Hawaiian knowledge and practices.

“Our team of more than 15 instructors carefully developed lessons and activities based on location and culture that were highly engaging to students,” said Alyssa Anderson, EP’IK Responsible for the summer program and SOEST searcher. “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of this younger generation to experience the unique setting of the Hawaiian Islands.”

For more information, see SOESTthe website of.

–By Marcie Grabowski