KIHEI – Three Molokai and Maui schools plus Maui 4-H’ers received a total of $4,620 from the Monsanto Hawaii Science Education Fund for science and robotics programs.
The Maui County grants were part of $12,000 distributed statewide to 14 schools and organizations.
"It’s gratifying to see how excited our youth get as they learn about their world – how it works, how it touches our lives each day, how much there is to know and explore," said Paul Koehler, community affairs director for Monsanto Hawaii."Through this grant program, we hope to open up wonderful experiences for dynamic learning."
The Maui County grants went to:
- Lahainaluna High Scho-ol,$1,000 to purchase lab supplies for sophomore biology classes.
- Maui 4-H through the University of Hawaii,$770 to assist the Sapphires 4-H robotics team with supplies to participate in the 2009 First Lego League robotics competition on Oahu in December.
- Molokai High School,$950 to purchase supplies for a science fair.
- Molokai Intermediate School,$900 to purchase supplies for a science fair, plus $1,000 to purchase science-lab supplies and help the 8th-grade class study water quality and oceanography along Molokai’s shores.
The grant program is available on islands where Monsanto employees work, which are Maui, Molokai and Oahu.Public schools serving students in intermediate grades through college are encouraged to apply for grants for educational purposes related to science.
The next application deadline is Feb. 20.
Applications may be downloaded online at www.monsanto.com/hawaii (click on the Community Programs link) or by contacting Monsanto farm stations on Maui at 879-4074 and on Molokai (Hawaiian research) at (808) 553-5070. Monsanto also has an Oahu farm.