Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Creativity academy bill passes out of education

Supporters of a HB2587, introduced by Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, D-37 (Waipahu, Mililani),want to ignite the interests of Hawaii middle and high school students in core science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies through the integration of creative arts and media.

The bill states:

"...the creativity academies will infuse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics course curriculum with animation, game development, digital media, and creative publishing projects, blending art and science into a comprehensive lesson plan."

Studies reveal that interest in math and science sharply declines after the 6th grade among Hawaii students. The bill aims to create a practical bridge between the arts and the sciences in an effort to prepare students for a growing science-and technology-driven economy.

Appropriated monies would fund the development of the program and its curriculum, after-school programs, and teacher training program activities.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, which is in partnership with the Department of Education to create the academies, projected $1,629,474 for the development of the program.

House Committees on Education and Higher Education passed the measure this afternoon, but mentioned concerns about DBEDT expending the appropriated funds and issues with No Child Left Behind.

The bill will be referred to the Committee on Finance.

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