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.
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.”
Two IPA sophomores knew they wanted to help when they saw the devastating wildfires in Australia earlier this year. They came up with the idea for a fundraiser called “Change for Change” to support the Australian National Parks Service. With the help of the IPA student body, they raised a lot of money to help the affected wildlife.
ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY eighth grader, Ella Taitingfong, is the first girl to play PAC-5 baseball in the history of the school. Her hard work, passion, and drive serve as inspiration and encouragement for all girls who want to play baseball and break through gender stereotypes.