Reexamining STEM in Hawaiʻi Through Place and Culture-Based Education

This presentation seeks to problematize hegemonic discourse framing STEM education in Hawaiʻi, “a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific” (Sessions, J. 2017). STEMS2 engages learners in creating a, “cultural kīpuka” (Goodyear-Kaʻōpua) to enact educational pedagogy, theory, and movements that challenges what counts as knowledge in STEM education through conscientization, resistance, and transformative action. The presenters will share their experiences in developing the STEMS2 program and share their critical reflections of the challenges and growth curated as they have come to recognize the true value of indigenous STEM practices and their significant contributions in a modern world.

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