March 6 marked the day SUPER-M became a household name on the island of Moloka‘i. How did this happen? Through Moloka‘i Math Day. The half-day event, co-organized by UH Mānoa’s School and University Partnership for Educational Renewal in Mathematics, otherwise known as SUPER-M, featured fun, hands-on activities designed to illustrate the importance of math.
The intent of the SUPER-M, a newly funded National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education project, is to make high-level mathematical concepts accessible to K-12 students through partnerships between teachers and mathematics graduate students. Moloka‘i High School students participated as mentors, along with local teachers who volunteered their time.
Around 110 members from the Moloka‘i community packed the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai for the opportunity to tinker with robots, make and play with paper airplanes, create and decipher codes, have fun with gears, play with a deck of cards to build their math skills, learn about polyhedrons and much more.
The event was co-organized by the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship program, and supported by UH Mānoa’s Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity office, the Society of Women Engineers, Moloka‘i High School, the City & County of Maui and MEO-Moloka‘i.
Top row from left to right: Alii Garcia, Robert Grimmett
3rd row from left to right: Kelsea Hosoda, Hye Jung Kim, Amber Imai, John Marriott, Shantel Hunt, Marisa Billington
2rd row from left to right:Jessica Agsalda, Austin Anderson, Nelson Fernandez, Jean Verrette, Michael Cummings
Front row: Tristan Holmes, Zachary Lee-Ho
With such a great turnout, positive feedback and invitations from several parents to return to Moloka‘i, plans are already under way for collaboration between SUPER-M and a school on Moloka‘i, by partnering one of the SUPER-M Fellows with the school. Through this intense partnership, the teachers on Moloka‘i benefit from having the unique opportunity to focus on specific mathematics content and frame their teaching within a greater trajectory. The program leaves students with a renewed interest in mathematics and science, and leaves the teacher with new teaching resources.
To track the SUPER-M, see http://www.math.hawaii.edu/SUPERM/.
For more information about the Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program, see http://nhsemp.eng.hawaii.edu/.
For more on UH Manoa, see http://manoa.hawaii.edu/.