About: Partnerships - Mid-Pacific Institute

Partners in Program

Mid-Pacific has forged vital partnerships to enhance its learning network. These partnerships support us in our mission: nurturing and challenging students to develop intellectual, emotional, artistic, spiritual and physical strengths to become compassionate and responsible lifelong learners and global citizens.


Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers

Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers

Research Schools International bridges the gap between research and practice by partnering researchers with a diverse network of schools around the globe to carry out research, professional development, and dissemination of findings. Through our innovative 'research schools' model, researchers collaborate with administrators, teachers, and students in partner schools on topics chosen by the schools. Most of our projects focus on supporting students' character skills and dispositions, such as care, growth mindset, grit, motivation, happiness, and global understanding.

Mid-Pacific was the eighth school to join this prestigious international network, and as the only school representative in the Pacific region, is focusing on Global Education as our area of research and practice. Thanks to our partners at Research Schools International, several Mid-Pacific faculty are chosen each year to act as research fellows, conducting original field research in their respective areas of discipline.


CyArk

CyArk

CyArk is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage sites through the CyArk 3D Heritage Archive, an internet archive which is the repository for heritage site data developed through laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art spatial technologies. Founder, Ben Kacyra, created CyArk in response to increasing human and natural threats to heritage sites, and to ensure the "collective human memory" is not lost while making it available through modern dissemination tools like the internet and mobile platforms.

Mid-Pacific is a certified CyArk Technology Center, bringing the latest 3D reality capture technologies to all grade levels. With CyArk's expertise in the growing field of digital historic preservation, Mid-Pacific students are using state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning technology, data collection and processing methods in multiple courses. Thanks to CyArk, our students are able to not only study Hawaiian history, they are able to "capture" it, preserve it, and share it with the communities in Hawaii and around the world.


East-West Center

East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

Through a unique partnership with the East-West Center, Mid-Pacific students regularly attend Center exhibitions and discussions with experts on geopolitical affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. Our students also have unique access to visiting diplomats and State Department officials.


Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai'i and other Pacific island cultures. Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world.

Mid-Pacific students will assist the Bishop Museum in the digital preservation of Hawaii's historic treasures, using advanced 3D laser scanning technology and sharing the resulting 3D images with the Museum and with the educational community in Hawai'i.


Polynesian Voyaging Society

Polynesian Voyaging Society

Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Mid-Pacific believes strongly in the Polynesian Voyaging Society's (PVS) message of Mālama Honua ("to care for our earth"). As partners with PVS, Mid-Pacific is supporting the voyage of the Hōkūle'a by creating and sharing a mobile app, designed to bring the worldwide voyage to life in classrooms around the state of Hawai'i. With the support of our partners, Mid-Pacific students and teachers -- using state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning equipment -- have also started the process of scanning and digitally preserving treasured voyaging canoes to ensure that future generations can study and engage with this vital cultural resource.


Foundry 10

foundry10

Exploring, developing, designing, and measuring the effects of non-traditional learning projects and programs is what we do. We believe this is best done by working with a wide variety of people with expertise in many areas. We believe that when children and teens are given the tools and opportunities to pursue topics of interest in a flexible environment they create things of value. Foundry10 is a catalyst for the intersection, development, and implementation of ideas that enhance creativity and learning experiences. We challenge ourselves and those we work with to think more broadly about what it means to learn and what learning should look like.

Mid-Pacific is expanding its Reality Computing program through an innovative Virtual Reality study, supported by foundry10. Through a gift of Virtual Reality (VR) developer kits and intensive training from different VR manufacturers - all supported by foundry10 - Mid-Pacific faculty and students will have the opportunity to expand their VR skills, allowing them to capture the world around them and become VR storytellers and computational thinkers. Our innovative VR study will help other schools around the United States learn how VR can become a part of interdisciplinary programming.


Pacxa

Pacxa

As one of Hawaii's largest IT groups, Pacxa provides an extensive range of end to end solutions to many of Hawaii's top 250 businesses, a variety of small and medium businesses, government agencies, and several non-profit agencies. Pacxa helps its customers meet their challenging technology needs by customizing solutions and leveraging partnerships with industry leading hardware and software providers.

A partner in innovation, Pacxa teamed up with Mid-Pacific to put our technology skills to the test. Pacxa was hired to install wireless smart-touch technology throughout a well-known Waikiki hotel. Our students were tasked to assist Pacxa with this initiative. The project was a great success and we look forward to more student involvement on innovative assignments like these.


WEVR

WEVR

WEVR is a virtual reality community and VR media player for aspiring and professional creatives. WEVR collaborates with leaders in the immersive, creative, and technology communities - providing high performance VR playback software for VR producers. WEVR is committed to developing a superior VR player and supporting collaborations, showcasing exceptional virtual reality projects created by emerging VR storytellers. As an open VR technology platform, WEVR enables immersive storytellers to create, present, and publish projects on all VR headsets.

The Reality Computing program at Mid-Pacific relies on real-world intensive training from world leaders in the industry. Our partnership with WEVR provides our faculty and staff premiere training in the latest capture techniques, best practices, post-processing, and optimization strategies. WEVR is on the cutting edge of VR storytelling. One of the foundations of our Technology Vision Statement is for Mid-Pacific students to be digital storytellers. In collaboration with WEVR, we are able to provide our students access and relevant experience in the growing and exciting VR industry. Digital storytelling is evolving and our students are right there on the cutting edge.


Kiewit

Kiewit

What began in 1884 with two hardworking brothers has grown into a Fortune 500 construction, mining and engineering powerhouse. Kiewit's ethical, forward-thinking workforce continues to build upon the company's reputation of safe, high-quality engineering. Consistently ranked among the top five of the Engineering News-Record Top 400 Contractors, our company is a leader in a variety of market sectors throughout North America and, most recently, Australia.

Engineers at Kiewit Building Group worked with Mid-Pacific students to bring their ideas to life: Planning, building and installing the "Bridge to Knowledge" display to showcase student work and creativity outside Atherton Hall.