At the Moonshot Laboratory, students take the lead in community-based problem solving and innovation. With the help of educators, community experts and the bleeding edge tools of the modern economy, students leverage a Moonshot Mindset and Design Thinking to create amazing innovations to solve the great challenges of their day. These are just a few of the innovative projects students created in just their first year at the Moonshot Lab.
These students were lucky to live in a place where they could learn about traditional wayfinding and celestial navigation from experts and educators in their community. Unfortunately, most communities outside of Hawaii lack the resources, the planetariums and the expertise necessary to teach kids about the stars and constellations critical to navigation. So how could they help share this knowledge with the world? They set out to answer this question by working with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, local architects and multi-media experts to design a portable and cost affordable Cardboard Planetarium for schools around the world to use.
HAWAIIAN SKY MAP
Inspired by the World Wide Voyage of the Hokule'a canoe, these students were looking for ways to create education materials to train the next generation of Polynesian Navigators. After studying celestial navigation with one of the few remaining Pwo Master Navigators, these students designed a GPS-based Android app rooted in Hawaiian language and ancient star knowledge that helped Polynesians explore 10,000,000 square miles of ocean and islands more than 500 years before Columbus embarked on his trans-Atlantic voyage.
LOW COST WATER SENSORS
These students faced an urgent challenge in their community. The Ala Wai watershed had suffered from years of extreme water pollution with no real end in site. The students, in partnership with the City & Country of Honolulu, tried to figure out a way to create more community awareness of the problem and local action to solve it. In response, they designed a water sensor that costs thousands of dollars less than commercial water sensors. With these cheap sensors in hand, 100's of elementary school children can collect more localized data for the City & County and serve as catalysts for true change in their communities.
THE PERFECT FREE THROW
At the Moonshot Lab, students are encouraged to find and follow their passions. Prior to attending the Lab, this student had an idea for his school's Science Fair that would help him become a better free throw shooter. While his idea was great he lacked the tools to build an actual prototype and received a D on his project. The next year at the Moonshot Lab he found all the tools, guidance and time he needed to make his idea become reality. The resulting prototype is a wireless, wearable 6 axis accelerometer and gyroscope that feeds real-time data into a proprietary algorithm that helps basketball players find their best shooting form.