Highlands Intermediate Students Design Microprocessors in Robotics Class

Through the support of Monsanto Hawaii’s Science Education Fund (SEF), Hawai‘i public schools have used the SEF grants for robotics competitions, science fairs, greenhouse projects, field trips, science experiments and more to help enrich the lives of Hawai‘i students .

Highlands Intermediate School teacher Joan Okai plans to use the grant to purchase Arduino Starter Kits and Makey Makey Standard Kits for her science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Robotics Elective class. With these new tools, STEM students will be able to design their own microprocessors and controllers and see how the processors actually work.

“This grant will enable students to design and build their own controllers and processors. They will be able to learn how to apply principles of artificial intelligence to their inventions,” said Okai. “We are so grateful to Monsanto for funding our STEM Robotics class, enabling the students greater opportunities to learn hands-on.”

Established in 2005, the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund was created to support science education in Hawaii public schools and to encourage students who may be interested in a future career in sciences. Over the years, the program has provided more than $200,000 in grants to support students in the islands. Learn more about Monsanto’s education initiatives in Hawaii.