2014 Bezos Scholar Christopher Kim and educator Clint Gima connected elementary school students in Hawaii to innovate environmental stewardship through their Local Ideas Festival: Green Kidz Mini Conference.
Chris recognized that the Hawaiian Islands are very reliant on outside resources. He wanted to empower the next generation of Hawaiians with and skills to familiarize them with a sustainability mindset and the importance of making better use of local resources. To do this, Chris and his educator, Clint Gima hosted the Green Kidz Mini Conference in Maui, HI to educate elementary school students on sustainability.
The first-annual Green Kidz Mini Conference hosted 150 fourth grade Maui elementary school students. It began with a keynote message on sustainable living from Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology project manager, Mapu Quitazol.
After the keynote, small groups of students rotated through seven hands-on exhibits. The exhibits included electrical safety and conservation, and renewable energy led by The Maui Electric Company, lab science demonstrations with the Ben Franklin Hard Science team, games and demos to highlight the importance of water conservation facilitated by the East Maui Watershed Partnership; renewable energy resources and windmill creation with the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology program, and an exploration of growing one’s own food through seed packet and pot-making with the Maui School Gardens.
After the hands-on exhibits, Chris challenged each participating school to design and implement a sustainability project that could better their local school and communities, later awarding prize money to those classrooms with the most innovative solutions.
“I am proud of mobilizing Maui’s youth to come together and discover more about a key issue that our community needs to address,” shares Chris.
Hear from educator Clint Gima on the impact the Green Kidz Mini Conference had on their community and how it inspired him and fellow educators to “think big” at https://bezosscholars.org/blog/think-big/