Congratulations to Tiffany Noda, a student at Highlands Intermediate School whose winning logo was selected by the state Department of Education for its Ka Hei program, which will integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs.
Ka Hei is the DOE’s five-year endeavor. Launched in 2014, it will integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs. As a comprehensive energy and sustainability program, the DOE says Ka Hei will transform the learning environment, reduce operational expenses and provide engaging educational opportunities for our students and community.
The DOE held a logo contest to empower students and teachers to come up with new ideas about sustainability, and to learn more about Ka Hei. The contest used art as a medium through which students could further explore the STEM subjects being integrated in the schools because of this project.
Noda is a student at Highlands Intermediate School whose teacher, Ms. Lin, encouraged Noda and the rest of her class to enter the contest. She explains, “The Hawaiian petroglyph depicts a person with a rainbow over his head which is also known as the ‘rainbow man’ petroglyph. It represents ‘mana’ or the ‘keeper of the ‘aina.’ The sun represents the source of sustainable life through solar energy and the sun’s rays radiating overhead expresses knowledge passed on to future generations.”
Noda continues, “The Hawaiian Islands in the background represents Hawai‘i’s goal to be more sustainable by relying on renewable energy sources like the sun, wind, water, and geothermal energy. The Hawaiian Islands in the background represents Hawai‘i’s goal to be more sustainable by relying on renewable energy sources like the sun, wind, water, and geothermal energy. The circle that encloses my entire design symbolizes the circle of life and the learning from past to benefit the future. Finally, viewing my logo from a farther distance, you may just detect an image of an eye which can be interpreted as a portal to knowledge.”
For more about the program, visit http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/SchoolFacilities/Pages/Ka-Hei.aspx.