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Hawaiian Electric Donations Advance Youth-Focused STEM Programs / Competition Results
Hawaiian Electric donations advance youth-focused STEM programs
Hawaiian Electric has recently contributed a total of $35,000 to support the following Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and enrichment program for students:
- Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation for the Oʻahu Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and the Hawaiʻi State MATHCOUNTS competition on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Both events will be held at the Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama Campus. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that engages middle school students in fun, challenging math programs as a way to expand their academic and professional opportunities.
- Honolulu Community Action Program for the "Ha Initiative: Creative STEM Afterschool Program," which provides math and science tutoring for students in grades 2-8 that live within public housing or low-income communities on Oʻahu.
- McKinley High School Robotics program, 2015 season
In 2014, Hawaiian Electric contributed more than $180,000 to advance STEM education and learning on Oʻahu. The company has supported STEM programs and initiatives in Hawaiʻi for more than 30 years and contributed more than $1 million during that time.
Photo above is of the Washington Middle School team that was the overall winner of the Oʻahu Chapter MATHCOUNTS® competition sponsored by Hawaiian Electric on Feb. 7 at Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama Campus. Six of the 28 public and private Oʻahu middle schools that competed on Saturday will now advance to the state MATHCOUNTS competition on March 7. The teams are: Washington Middle, Punahou, Kawananakoa Middle, ʻIolani, Mililani Middle and Highlands Intermediate schools. Two teams from the neighbor islands -- yet to be announced -- also will participate in the state competition.
Standing left to right: Lynne Unemori, vice president-corporate relations, Hawaiian Electric; Dewey Gottlieb, DOE Education Specialist for Math; Sung Park, Coach -- Washington Middle School; Kenso Kume; Haeri Kim; Kenny Thai; Kent Kiyama; Christine Routon, Assistant Coach -- Washington Middle School; Carol Kellett, MATHCOUNTS volunteer; and Dale Hahn, Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Brian Schatz. Photo by Harry Alama, Hawaiian Electric.
MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. MATHCOUNTS is recognized by the State of Hawaiʻi as one of the primary STEM programs for Hawaiʻi students, and the Hawaiʻi Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation serves as the coordinator for the Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi State competitions.
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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