Voyaging for STEM in American Sāmoa
In February, Daniel Lin (PREL Hawaiʻi) and Linda Furuto (University of Hawaiʻi) joined American Sāmoa’s newly formed local professional learning community (LPLC) to explore the connection between traditional navigation and STEM education.
The LPLC – a group of science educators, ASDOE staff, and community partners – inspired by Hōkūleʻa’s Worldwide Voyage, is on a mission to provide teachers in American Sāmoa with the tools needed to deliver project-based STEM lessons that are grounded in ASDOE College & Career Ready Standards and focused on locally-relevant topics.
This February face-to-face meeting part of a series of workshops leading up to the development of STEM resources and units focusing on climate change, ethnomathematics, and ethnoscience. By June 2015, the LPLC will be ready to provide classroom educators with (a) holistic lesson units and (b) connections to community organizations that can support student service learning projects.