Welcome to the Digital Bus Website!
In geographically remote locations such as the Hawaiian Islands, underrepresented populations in the fields of science and technology (native Hawaiian and low income) face an even stronger disadvantage in the accessibility of meaningful and engaging learning opportunities that will promote the pursuit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers among its youth. As an answer to this challenge, The Office of Naval Research (ONR), Akimeka LLC, Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) and Maui Community College partnered in 2004 to establish the Hawaii Source Education Outreach program (also known as the Digital Bus) on the island of Maui.
The mission of this program is to encourage interest in science and technology among these underrepresented student populations in grades K-12. Currently operated by Ke'aki Technologies & the Alaka`ina Foundation, the Digital Bus program serves the Foundation's education outreach goal in working to develop the next generation of scientists capable of developing and supporting critical technologies for the future. The Digital Bus program continues to operate on Maui, and has established additional programs on the island of Moloka'i.
The Digital Bus supports their mission through 3 primary objectives: offering a state-of-the-art mobile learning platform; offering place-based science projects to K-12 students that incorporate high technology and meet the Department of Education Hawai'i Content and Performance Standards (HCPS); and ensuring long-term impact via educator professional development opportunities.