Three Molokai public schools received $20,000 in grants to help foster math and science projects through the Maui Economic Development Board’s MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund.
More than $100,000 was distributed, in increments ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, to improve science, education, math and career education in Maui County.
Kaunakakai Elementary, Molokai Middle and Molokai High School received four different $5,000 grants. The money was used for a Google Sketchup class for middle- and high-schoolers and a computer-aided design course for an after-school program.
At Kaunakakai, the $5,000 grant will be used to help with travel expenses for robotics team to attend the First Lego League tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and UH-Maui College. For the last few years, the Kaunakakai FLL robotics teams have had great success at Maui County competitions.
The middle school will also use its $5,000 grant for travel expenses for its robotics team. The team will attend the the VEX qualifying tournament on Maui and to visit STEM employers on Maui to explore career pathways and UH-Maui College.
The middle school received a second $5,000 grant to help with traveling expenses so that its robotics team can participate in the FLL Invitational Tournament in Carlsbad, Calif. this month.
Molokai Middle School proved its ability in robotics by winning the overall first place Champions Award in December at the eighth annual Hawaii First Lego League Championships.
The $5,000 grant for the high school will also help its robotics team attend the FLL Invitational Tournament in Carlsbad, Calif.
To date, more than $650,000 in grants have been awarded. The money was raised at the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction, which this year will be held Aug. 24 at the Grand Wailea Resort.
For more information on the dinner, call 875-2300 or go to the website www.medb.org.