Green Apple Day of Service project teaches STEAM skills (USGBC Hawaii) | U.S. Green Building Council
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Building an outdoor learning lab for K–12 students offered a hands-on educational opportunity.

With a mission statement about "learners of today...leaders of tomorrow," Pālolo Elementary School is committed to instilling a visionary mindset and attitude in its students. For a recent Green Apple Day of Service project, the school boldly envisioned an outdoor learning lab for students in grades K–5.

The lab would help students meet STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) learning objectives and give them opportunities to practice gathering information, analyzing data and sharing their findings while building a sense of community among the varying grade levels.

HHF Planners designed features of the Outdoor Learning Lab, including

  • A water wall to show and manipulate the movement of water at varying elevations.
  • A custom weather-monitoring data station to understand the patterns of rain, wind and sun and their effects on climate.
  • A closed-loop irrigation system that will support a dry-land kalo terrace to demonstrate one approach to water and energy conservation (with design assistance from Pacific Pipe Co.).
  • A gravel area and bridge to support further projects.

Pālolo Elementary School does a Green Apple Day of Service project

Pālolo Elementary School and its STEAM-based outdoor learning lab is an exemplary model of place-based, engaging education that promotes an attitude of lifelong learning for tomorrow’s leaders.

Mahalo to Pacific Pipe Co., The Home Depot, Martin & Chock, MOA Hawai‘i, City Mill, Geobunga, our dedicated team of HHF volunteers, and the staff and volunteers at Pālolo Elementary School who made Green Apple Day a success!

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