Hawai'i to Mars: Culturally Relevant Lessons 

Bringing Mars Science to Hawai'i's Students

 Making Science Culturally Relevant to Pacific Islander and Hawaiian Students 


By Michelle Bradley

NASA Space Grant Fellow 2006-2007 

University of Hawai'i at Manoa 


This web site is a resourse to any educator who is interested in linking the great Polynesian voyagers and Hawaiian Culture of the past to present day Mars Science curriculum. 

As a NASA Space Grant Fellow at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa I collaborated with my mentor, Dr. Barbara Bruno, and many teachers to create this 8-Lesson Unit.   Each of the lessons covers a different aspect of space science and is linked culturally to Polynesia and Hawai'i.  The eighth lesson in the unit is a board game which is a fun, informal assessment tool for the students to play. 
I would like to thank NASA Space Grant Consortium for giving me this oppurtunity to make meaningful curriculum for the students of Hawai'i.  I would also like to thank the teachers from the different elementary, middle, and high schools who allowed me to pilot these lessons and gave me the insight into making the best curriculum possible.  Finally I would like to thank Dr. Barbara Bruno for mentoring and guiding me along the way.  

Mahalo nui loa!

Michelle "Mikala" Bradley

Contact me at: mikala.bradley@gmail.com |