Representing the STEAMER Network Project – Washington Middle School Presentation to Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, the principal, students, and teachers of Washington Middle School presented Governor Ige and the First Lady with a project gift that represents the interdisciplinary culmination of just one activity from the first semester of the GEER-funded STEAM Entrepreneurship and Research (STEAMER) Network project. The team briefed the Governor and First Lady on the impact and progress of the three network school projects and how each are engaging students and creating opportunities to develop student learners as learner leaders.

The STEAMER Student Gift Project at Washington Middle School was an interdisciplinary activity to design, germinate, decorate, and gift a vessel containing an edible, hydroponically grown plant. The Gift Project involves 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the joy of innovation and creativity through sustainable agriculture. The activity was supported by the Washington Middle School Science Club.

While the Gift Project was the product of one school, STEAMER Network community collaboration occurs within and across schools as students and teachers interact with researchers and experts to expand the application and context of their new skills and experiences. Current schools and collaborators include:

  • Washington Middle School
  • Ilima Intermediate School
  • Waipahu Intermediate School

Published: 2022

From Washington Middle, Ilima Intermediate and Waipahu Intermediate School’s GEER Grant proposal: 

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to aggravate a disconnect between students, their peers, their teachers, and their community.  The STEAMER project aims to reestablish these connections.