STEM Center of Excellence
The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu received a $245,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to establish a Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Center of Excellence at the University.
The grant funding will initially be used to:
- Transform UH West O‘ahu’s existing physical science laboratory into an interactive STEM Center of Excellence.
- Explore the development of the University’s first STEM-related academic program in Facilities Management – a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science concentration involving science, pre-engineering, facility operations, energy efficiency, and business coursework.
- Furnish UH West O‘ahu science laboratories with essential hands-on equipment to support student learning and K-12 teacher education.
- Create an interactive “STEM-Center Portal” at the entrance to the STEM Center of Excellence that displays science and technology related real-time activities such as current seismic activity, weather conditions, campus building energy usage, atmospheric pressure and more.
- Create the first STEM Center of Excellence community outdoor activity - the “The Solar System Stroll,” a two-mile round-trip heart-healthy walk through a sidewalk solar system display on the UH West O‘ahu campus.
- Create a EZ-H2O Water Filling Station as a tool to support STEM education.