SPARKLE program gets boost to continue STEM education in Honolulu District Schools

For the past five years, SPARKLE (Solving Problems and Reaching for Knowledge Learning Environment) has been empowering students through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. A recent $20,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund is helping to support this worthwhile project of the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Honolulu District Office.

The SPARKLE program was created in an effort to inspire, educate and enable students K-12 to apply what they learn in the area of science and technology with the intent to have students study and declare college majors in STEM disciplines.

“Our company is proud to support the SPARKLE program and the many dedicated people who help to make this project a reality,” said John Purcell, Monsanto’s Hawaii business and technology lead “It’s important to engage Hawaii’s youth by empowering them with the skills needed to successfully compete in 21st century jobs. Encouraging their interest in STEM-related fields will go a long way in helping to create new businesses and to diversify our state’s economy.”

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at