Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Education Fair
HAIS's Admissions Fairs have been a great resource for parents looking into independent education for years. In 2016, the event is receiving a 21st-century-education makeover. What does that mean for parents? User-friendly sessions on new trends (what is a maker's space anyway?), interactive demonstrations and more hands-on activities for the kids centered around robotics, movement and other subjects found in classrooms today.
There is a misconception that the type of learning we're talking about is more rigorous,” said Deanna D'Olier, HAIS director of programs and communication. “It doesn't mean piling on the workload and taking more AP classes. It's about looking at a skill set differently, looking at creativity and collaboration.”
You'll find examples at the Education Fair's four learning corners, where independent schools will demonstrate robotics, a maker's corner, art and movement such as physical education, dance and hula. All of the activities will be interactive and will include architecture art, 3D design, game technology, STEM activities and making a wearable plumeria rosette.
That's not the only new feature at the fair. For the first time, HAIS has invited nonprofit organizations that support families to have booths, including the YMCA, Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, Let's Move Initiative and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The Art Explorium will host creative art projects using reusable items and Archery for ALL will have bows and arrows (with child-friendly soft tips) at the ready. Most of the 35 preschools and schools taking part in the event will have activities including educational ipad games, trivia wheels and make-and-take egg shell planters to keep your little one occupied while you chat with their representatives about their unique missions, programs and curriculums.
If you have questions about money, the popular “Financing an Independent School Education” session is at noon, “Applying to an Independent School” is at 10 a.m. and HAIS executive director Robert Landau will help demystify education lingo in the new “Understanding 21st Century Learning” workshop at 11 a.m.
Break-out sessions are aimed at parents, but kids can sit in on them as they need to be supervised at all times. “A good strategy would be for one parent to attend the sessions, while the other one enjoys the fair with the kids,” said D'Olier.
There will also be free giveaways. Each person will receive a free raffle ticket upon arrival and at least two prizes will be announced every 15 minutes throughout the event. Prizes include: Art classes at the Art Explorium, admission to Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, movie and restaurant gift cards and more.
Participating Schools: Asia Pacific International School Assets School Central Union Church Preschool Christian Academy Damien Memorial School Hanahauoli School Hanalani Schools Hawaii Baptist Academy Hawaii Preparatory Academy Holy Nativity School Hongwanji Mission School Honolulu Waldorf School Iolani School Island Pacific Academy Kaimuki Christian School Kawaiahao Church School La-Pietra - Hawaii Schools for Girls Lanakila Baptist School Le Jardin Academy Mary, Star of the Sea Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center Maryknoll School Maui Preparatory Academy Mid-Pacific Montessori Community School Our Lady of Good Counsel - Preschool Pacific Buddhist Academy Punahou School Sacred Hearts Saint Clement's School Saint Louis Academy Saint Mark Lutheran School St. Francis The Cole Academy The St. Andrew's Schools Non-school exhibitors: Aloha Publishing Hawaii Archery for ALL Art Explorium Elite Prep Hawai‘i Educational Services Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center HOCU (Honolulu Federal Credit Union) Honolulu Theatre for Youth Leahi Swim School Oahu Fresh Polynesian Voyaging Society YMCA of Honolulu 94.7 KUMU The Rhythm of Hawaii
HAIS Education Fair, Saturday, Sept. 24. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Ala Moana Hotel Hisbiscus Ballroom. hais.org
Sylvan Learning Robotics Classes
This fall, even more kids will have a chance to build and program robots, design bridges and play with levers, motion detectors and programming at Sylvan Learning. The Best of HONOLULU Family-winning tutoring centers are adding additional robotics and engineering courses to its curriculum. This means not only more space for beginners—students can start as young as first, second and third grades—but advanced students can take their education even further.
“We have the kids start by making robots, talking about robot gears, axles, motion detectors and how cameras work, then move to hands-on building, then they start creating their own,” said Sylvan Learning Mililani executive director and owner George Naito. “We encourage the kids to talk among themselves and feed off each other.”
Sylvan offers the S.T.E.M-based classes both as weeklong camps during breaks and weekly, one-hour courses so kids have a chance to join in all year round.
Sylvan Learning, 4211 Waialae Ave., #30 in Kahala and 95-1249 Meheula Parkway in Mililani. sylvanlearning.com