Enos Winner Kamalu Wants to Teach Rocket Course
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Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship recipient Jessica Kamalu graduated with honors from Kamehameha Schools in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian language in 2008, and is working toward a master’s degree in education.
She teaches high school mathematics at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue, a K – 12 Hawaiian immersion school. As a child Kamalu attended a Hawaiian immersion school and said of it, “…because of the program I am now able to speak Hawaiian and I have a better understanding of my culture. I am forever indebted to the program and I hope to be of benefit to the kids who are in the program now. As a teacher at Anuenue, I have the opportunity to give back to a program that has given so much to me.”
In her application, Kamalu expressed a desire “…to be able to relate rockets and space exploration to Hawaiian navigation, which is a fascinating aspect of Hawaiian culture and science. I would like to teach an elective course about rockets, including the history, evolution, and science behind them. I would like the students to build a variety of rockets throughout the course, and be able to compare and contrast the pros and cons of each.
“I launched my first Estes rocket when I was in the seventh grade, and participated in the Aviation Challenge program in the eighth grade. I was the kid with posters of space and astronauts on my wall. I would like to share my passion for space and flight with my students.
“As a participant in the Space Discovery Institute, I hope to learn different activities that I can use in the classroom, and how to integrate different subject areas into my lessons.”
This article is part of Space Watch: June 2009 (Volume: 8, Issue: 6).
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