Increasing Diversity in STEM through Ka Hikina O Ka Lā Summer Bridge Program for Native Hawaiian Students

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Ann Coopersmith1, Damien Kahekili Cie2, Sean Calder1, Dale Naho`olewa1 and Buddhi Rai1, (1)University of Hawai`i Maui College, STEM, Kahului, HI, United States, (2)Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Mitigation Initiative, Kahului, HI, United States
The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) Mitigation Initiative and the Kahikina O Ka Lā Program are NSF-funded projects at the University of Hawai`i Maui College. These projects offer instruction and activities intended to increase diversity in STEM careers. Ke Alahaka, the 2014 summer bridge program, was offered to Native Hawaiian high-school students who indicated an interest in STEM areas. Content workshops were offered in Marine Science, Physics, Biotechnology, and Computer Science and Engineering as well as a Hawaiian Studies course designed to provide a cultural context for the STEM instruction. Focus groups and other program assessments indicate that 50% of the students attending the workshops intend to pursue a STEM major during their undergraduate studies.