March 9, 2016
T hirty Meter Telescope continues to support teachers and students in Hawai'i Island schools  through The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation.
Giving to the Community
THINK Fund at HCF grants catalyze additional support for STEM

The THINK Fund at HCF provided a lead gift of $200,000 in November 2014 to launch STEM learning grants for nonprofit organizations and schools. Due to the high number of compelling community STEM programs making requests for support, HCF recruited six other generous funders to contribute an additional $300,000.

In March 2015, 23 organizations across Hawai'i Island received $500,000 in STEM Learning Grants reaching more than 5,000 Hawai'i Island youth and 125 teachers.

"Our class is having so much fun. My group made the Monster Bot kit and a man on a tricycle. I learned how to work together." Julian, a student at  Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School
Many different types of programs have received support including:
  • After school and intersession programs for students, project-based teams, robotics and student internships;
  • Equipment upgrades and STEM curriculum development in local schools; and
  • Teacher development, mentor training and STEM professional learning networks.
Giving to the Community
STEM classroom project grants for teachers - November 2014 through January 201 6 
  • Over $85,000 has been given for projects reaching 6,744 students at 25 schools island wide.
  • In addition to funding projects for grades 6th-12th, the program has now expanded to support STEM projects for grades 3rd to 5th.
  • Thirty teachers have received funding for student learning activities since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year for materials such as National Geographic Space Building and Ocean Building kits, microscopes, laptops, and compasses.
  • Teachers can apply for THINK Fund at HCF STEM Classroom Grants to promote math and science through
THINK Fund at HCF By the Numbers

Recent STEM Classroom Project Grants Include:
  • Applied Science Supplies and Kits (Volcano School of Arts and Science Public Charter School Grades 3-5)
  • What is STEAM & Why My Students Need Your Help Please (Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School Grades 3-5)
  • Future Health Professional-Providing Hope for the Rural Community (Ka'u High & Pahala Elementary School Grades 9-12)
  • Narrow the Achievement Gap in Mathematics (Konawaena Middle School Grades 6-8)

The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

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Sandra Dawson

TMT Manager, Hawaii Community Affairs