University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu
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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.

The STEM Center of Excellence projects will be developed as an interdisciplinary partnership between the UH West O‘ahu Science and Business Administration faculty.

For information about UH West O'ahu science and math courses, visit