Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii gets funds to con­tinue ed­u­ca­tional mis­sions

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By MELISSA MONIZ

Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii at Bar­bers Point Ele­men­tary School re­cently re­ceived some desperately needed aid to con­tinue its mis­sion of bring­ing space ex­plo­ration to Hawaii’s keiki in the form of $250,000 in fed­eral funds se­cured by the state.

“We’re grate­ful that the pro­gram is be­ing sup­ported this year, but the ques­tion is the on­go­ing fund­ing for the pro­gram,” said cen­ter di­rec­tor Liane Kim, who noted that the cen­ter lost its fund­ing ear­lier this year as a re­sult of bud­get cuts made by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“The funds will be used to help us op­er­ate our learn­ing cen­ter, but it is only for one year, so we are concerned about what’s go­ing to hap­pen next year.”

The money was made avail­able un­der the State Fis­cal Sta­bi­liza­tion Fund, Part B as part of the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act that was passed by Congress last Fe­bru­ary. Hawaii re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $35 mil­lion in Part B funds, and the Lin­gle-Aiona ad­min­is­tra­tion has elected to ded­i­cate it all to­ward im­prov­ing the qual­ity of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, with a fo­cus on sci­ence, technology, en­gi­neer­ing and math (STEM) sub­jects.

Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii is avail­able to all pri­vate and pub­lic schools statewide with pro­grams that make stu- dents work in co­op­er­a­tive teams to solve real-life math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence and technology prob­lems dur­ing a space flight sim­u­la­tion.

“We’re a hands-on, core-con­tent learn­ing cen­ter, and al­though we are called Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii, our main fo­cus is STEM,” added Kim. “In or­der to come on this mis­sion, the kids need to ap­ply all their skills they’ve learned in the class­room.”

Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii opened in 1993 and is one of 47 Chal­lenger Learn­ing Cen­ters through­out the U.S., Canada, United King­dom and South Korea.

Schools in­ter­ested in blast­ing off with Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii can call 673-7410.

Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (cen­ter) presents a check for $250,000 to Chal­lenger Cen­ter Hawaii di­rec­tor Laine Kim (on right) and Gail Awakuni of the DOE (on left) dur­ing a mis­sion in­side the cen­ter May 13 by Mililani Mid­dle School stu­dents. Photo cour­tesy of the lieu­tenant gover­nor’s of­fice.

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