Monsanto unveils STEM Education Center at Kunia Farm
As agriculture continues to face many challenges including food production needs, water stresses, pest problems and more, Monsanto is committed to fostering the next generation of innovators and farmers by supporting education programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
As part of that effort, Monsanto Hawaii officially unveiled a new STEM Education Center at its Kunia Farm on Sept 18, 2017. Created as a resource for teachers, students and other groups interested in learning more about science, the STEM Education Center aims to provide teachers with helpful educational materials that they can take back to the classroom, and create an enjoyable experience for students that makes learning about science fun.
“To meet the needs of the agriculture industry, skills in science, technology, engineering and math are essential,” said Dan Clegg, Monsanto Hawaii business operations lead. “The future of farming is going to rely heavily on advancements in digital tools, robotics and data science. That is why it’s important to engage our youth and give them the tools they need to understand these challenges and inspire them to be future innovators.”
Currently, we host two to four student tours a month at Kunia, each one tailored for the grade level and/or specific topics of interest to the students. Lessons currently offered include seed germination, entomology – the study of insects, plant anatomy, soil erosion, and genetics. Students are also given a tour of the Monsanto Kunia Farm, including the newly revamped entryway that features an 8 by 30 foot informational mural about our biodiversity and stewardship practices.
“The Department of Education cultivates community partnerships, like the one we have with Monsanto Hawaii, to provide access to diverse, high quality STEM teaching and learning opportunities,” said Grant Toyooka, STEM coordinator, Hawaii Department of Education. “We are thankful to Monsanto for their continued support of education and we plan to make great use of the STEM Education Center for many years to come.”
Over the years, Monsanto Hawaii has donated more than $1.2 million and our employees have volunteered hundreds of hours for students and schools throughout Hawaii, including student scholarships and internships; grants to help educators purchase equipment, tools and supplies for STEM education programs; and the Monsanto Fund’s FIRST Robotics Grant Program.
To learn more about Monsanto Hawaii’s commitment to education and the community, click HERE.