Each year, Blue Planet organizes the Student Energy Summit, an interactive educational workshop that zeroes in on Hawaii’s energy challenges and opportunities.
This year, each participating team is asked to organize a fundraising campaign in their community leading up to the Summit in November. Each participating team will set a monetary goal and work together to reach that goal before arriving at this year's Student Energy Summit.
Funds raised will be used for travel costs, workshop supplies, curriculum development, and more. And the team with the most creative fundraising activity will win a prize!
Blue Planet Foundation, hosted its third annual Student Energy Summit for middle school and high school students on November 10 and 11, 2017, at Mililani High School on Oahu. The two-day immersive educational experience concentrated on being leaders in the face of Hawaii’s energy challenges.
More than 200 students from roughly 50 schools representing the majority of the main Hawaiian Islands participated in the Summit.
Day one of the summit featured hands-on learning, with a STEM-focused curriculum developed jointly by Blue Planet Foundation and Mililani High School.
On day two, the students chose between workshops that zero in on different career paths that can help foster change. The lessons focused on how a specific field—from coding, communications, policy, and art—can help build a successful campaign. After the workshop, the students created a community-focused campaign as a specialist in their area of interest.
As a capstone to the summit, the students developed and present a unique clean energy campaign to be rolled out into a targeted community.
Blue Planet Foundation, in partnership with OpTerra and Hawaii Energy, offered professional development breakout sessions for teachers during the 2017 summit.