This is why we do what we do.....
Maui Waena is now a STEM school. Thank you MEDB! Please take a look at our Project Impact Statement to find out how STEM impacts our students.
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School year 2012-13 was a whirlwind year. We started off by competing in VEX robotics at the County Fair, and although we did no place, we learned a lot about building, programming, and working as a team. Our next robotics competition was in May and ended much more successfully. We placed 2nd overall--only .02% lower than the 3 time international reigning champion Hanalani--in the regional Botball tournament. We also garnered the Judge's Choice award for our outstanding programming and had perfect scores on our documentation. It was an amazing experience and we are all looking forward to this year's Botball in May of 2014.
Our video program did an amazing job this year. We started off by earning an honorable mention in the Student Television Network's Fall Challenge. We went on to win many local PSA competitions. First, came Farmer's Insurance, then we went on to win Olelo's Safe Driving award, 808 Digital Storytellers PSA and Feature Story, and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in middle school category in the annual HMSA contest along with a special award given by MADD, and the overall 1st place overall in the addiction prevention category.
Our big adventure was our journey to the STN Convention in Los Angeles. Sixteen students participated in breakout sessions, onsite competitions, and networked with students from across the nation. We did not do as well as the previous year, but we still managed to finish our Sweet 16 in time and earn an honorable mention in the PSA category. The students learned so much there, about video, about storytelling, and about thinking on the spot and working together.
To prepare for these competitions we practiced and practiced! On weekends we went to school at 6 in the morning and didn't leave till 11 at night trying to figure out teams and practicing for sweet 16. We also took on projects for the community to help us. One project that we took on and are still currently working on, is for Maui United Way. They gave us a list of their partner agencies and we chose 5 to feature in a video to help showcase the amazing work these non-profits do in our community. We are working on creating five feature stories which will be put together to make a 12-15 minute video that will be shown to different companies to encourage donations..
Doing all of these activities can become quite expensive, from buying or fixing equipment, to paying the fee for contests. The travel to the various competitions is also very costly. Because of this, we are always looking for sponsors, donations, or fundraising opportunities. Any support would be much appreciated and very helpful. If you would like to help please go to our contact page.
Welcome to the home of Falcon Entertainment & Engineering --Fe2--where students from Maui Waena Intermediate School discover the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through real life, project based activities. These dedicated students meet everyday after school (and Saturdays too during robotics seasons) to become better thinkers and communicators. Check our our site to see what we are all about!