Science and Culture Integrated School Program

The Future is in the Past
(Middle School Grades 6-8)

If we stare into the future we’ll see….nothing. The future hasn’t happened yet. Turn around however and the view is endless. Through the lens of Pacific voyaging, I KA WĀ MA MUA KA WĀ MA HOPE helps students to explore the works of our ancestors and discover that S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is nothing new to us.

In the course of 3 hours, students will explore the role of winds, waves and stars in navigation via the immersive full dome video of the newly renovated J. Watumull planetarium; learn about canoe engineering and structure in Hawaiian and Pacific Halls, brought to life through vivid storytelling; examine voyaging plants and their uses in the Native garden; and visit the Science Adventure Center to explore the role of birds in traditional navigation. This program is designed for Middle School students and has been developed in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education and Polynesian Voyaging Society. Funding has been provided by the Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program.

HCPS III Benchmark Alignments:

SC.6.2.1 Explain how technology has an impact on society and science
SC.6.2.2 Explain how the needs of society have influenced the development and use of technologies
SC.7.3.2 Explain the interaction and dependence of organisms on one another
SC.7.5.4 Analyze how organisms’ body structures contribute to their ability to survive and reproduce
SC.8.8.7 Describe the physical characteristics of oceans
SC.8.8.6 Explain the relationship between density and convection currents in the ocean and atmosphere
SC.8.8.3 Describe how the Earth’s motions and tilt on its axis affect the seasons and weather patterns
SC.8.8.9 Explain the predictable motions of the Earth and moon
SS.6.2.2 Explain the past on its own terms; not judging it solely by present-day norms and values
SS.6.6.1 Examine the ways in which different cultures have influenced families and communities
SS.6.7.3 Analyze patterns of cultural encounters and exchanges and assess their impact on societies
SS.7PI.7.1 Use geographic representations such as maps or models to explain population distribution and the physical and human characteristics of places in Oceania, including landforms, natural resources, climate, river, lakes, bridges, dams, roads, and buildings

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Alignments:

7.EE.2 Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related.
7.G.1 Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.

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