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Hawaiian Electric Company - Second Quarter Stem Donations - $60,000!
Boosting STEM skills aim of Hawaiian Electric's $60,000 in donations
Hawaiian Electric recently donated $60,000 in support of STEM programs, such as HCAP's Hā Initiative which provides creative learning experiences for children to improve math and science skills. At a loʻi, students explore a native eco-system and learn the science of water cycles and water quality. Photo credit: Honolulu Community Action Program.
In the second quarter of 2017, Hawaiian Electric donated a total of $60,000 to five nonprofit organizations that are inspiring the next generation of innovators and leaders in science, technology, engineering and math:
- Blue Planet Foundation will use the donation for Project Power Play, a student- driven coding competition to gamify electricity generation and consumption data.
- Hawaiʻi FIRST Robotics, supported by Hawaiian Electric since 2005, plans to use the donation for the annual State Championship Tournament & Expo scheduled on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.
- Hawaii Open Data is co-partnering with the state on plans for the Hawaiʻi Annual Code Challenge, a month-long event that engages the local tech community in the modernization of Hawaiʻi state government.
- Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium is organizing three events that advance student interest in STEM, build confidence and self-esteem, and teach critical thinking and basic life skills:
o 16th Annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery in October
o 2017 Pan Pacific VEX and VEX IQ Robotics Championships in November o 2017-18 Hawaiʻi State VEX and VEX IQ Championships next January
- Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) is using the donation to continue its "Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program" offered to children in grades 2 to 8 at HCAP locations in Aiea, Kalihi, Pālolo, Waiʻanae and Kāneʻohe. The free, year-round program provides opportunities for students to improve math and science skills.
To date in 2017, Hawaiian Electric has contributed more than $102,000 to advance STEM learning and enrichment programs for Hawaiʻi students and educators. The company has supported STEM programs and initiatives in Hawaiʻi for more than 30 years, contributing more than $1.2 million during that time.
About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.
The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.
Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.
Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.
Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.
The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.
For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.
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