Each year, Blue Planet organizes the Student Energy Summit, an interactive educational workshop that zeroes in on Hawaii’s energy challenges and opportunities.
– Dulcy Dawson, West Hawaii Explorations Academy Teacher, commenting on the 2016 Student Energy Summit
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Blue Planet Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Student Energy Summit on November 11 and 12, 2016, at Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu. Doubling in size from the previous year, the summit convened 179 students and 31 teachers, representing 50 schools across all main Hawaiian Islands, including Molokai and Lanai.
The 2016 Summit explored a theme of “Cool Schools,” empowering students to think creatively about cooling their classrooms with renewable energy, exploring clean transportation alternatives to fossil fuels, and lowering their school’s overall energy load through efficiency.
The first day of the summit featured hands-on learning, with a STEM-focused curriculum developed jointly by Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii Energy, and science teachers from Mid-Pacific Institute. Students rotated through three energy “missions” that focused on topics like energy conservation, electric vehicles, and thermal efficiency. During the lunch break, startups from Energy Excelerator’s portfolio of companies gave real-life innovation pitches to the students. Day 2 was facilitated by experts from Oceanit trained in Stanford University’s design-thinking methodology. Oceanit walked participants through a human-centered approach to innovation and helped them develop and test prototypes of clean energy solutions.
The 2016 Student Energy Summit was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Hawaii Energy, Energy Excelerator, Cooke Foundation, EACH Foundation, and private donations, and partnerships with Mid-Pacific Institute and Oceanit.