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Christmas gifts came early…

On Friday, Dec 15th, Bonny Amemiya, Erin Shon, and Trevor Benn from The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii awarded I Am a Scientist with a $55,000.00 grant in support of our STEM outreach program.

Left to right: Lynn Haff, Lori Shimoda, Bonny Amemiya (GIFT Foundation), Erin Shon (GIFT Foundation), Dean Helen Turner, and Trevor Benn (GIFT Foundation). Photo credit: The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii.

We are very grateful to all the donors who supported us through the GIFT Foundation’s fundraising event. This grant will be used to expand our program so we can serve more students and schools. We will also work to extend our reach to the neighbor island schools. A long term goal is to use this funding to position our program to secure Federal funding and develop a self-sustainable funding model.

Link to the MidWeek article featuring the GIFT foundation beneficiaries:

Link to The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii:


Mobile Lab Coalition in PLOS Biology — 1.2 million kids and counting

Chaminade University’s IAS is an inaugural member of the Mobile Lab Coalition, a nonprofit organization of mobile and other laboratory-based education programs built on scientist and educator collaborations, and contributed program data for the article.

Jones AL, Stapleton MK (2017) 1.2 million kids and counting—Mobile science laboratories drive student interest in STEM.  PLoS Biol 15(5): e2001692.


GIFT Foundation benefit event for IAS!

Chaminade University of Honolulu’s I am a Scientist Mobile STEM Outreach Program is one of three local non-profit organizations selected by the Gift Foundation of Hawaii to receive proceeds from an exclusive annual charity event. This year’s event theme is “Miami Vices & Vixens,” to be held on Saturday, October 21st at The Modern Honolulu.

In addition to IAS STEM, the benefit is for two other wonderful and impactful organizations serving Hawaii’s keiki

  • The Alliance for Drama Education (link)
  • HUGS for Hawaii’s Seriously Ill Children & Their Families (link)

For more information about the GIFT Foundation or the event, please visit