ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY’s students give back to their community in many ways throughout the year, but IPA’s annual Make a Difference Day (MADD) provides an opportunity for the entire Secondary student body to contribute to the community in a meaningful way.
This year, the Grade 6 students used the design thinking process to create useful and creative solutions that addressed real-world problems for several organizations in the local and international community, including Wahiawa Botanical Garden, the Australian National Park Service, and Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae.
On Saturday, May 30, the ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Class of 2020 received their diplomas at a special drive-in, family-only ceremony on campus. Although this was not a traditional commencement ceremony, it was a memorable, unique, and heartfelt celebration of the Class of 2020.
For all of the IPA middle school scientists who advanced to the 2020 HSSEF, participating in this year’s science fair required extra grit and resolve to quickly adapt to a virtual format and transform their original display boards into an online experience.
Grade 8 students applied their design thinking skills to solve real-world problems in the IPA’s second annual Innovation Fair. They identified energy-related issues, designed and created a prototype to solve the problem, and pitched their ideas to investors in the “Shark Tank.”