Your Help Is Needed, $1 Million Challenge Grant To Create STEM Learning Lab For Hawaii’s Youth


December 18, 2018


Gabriel Lennon, Marketing Manager


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Your Help Is Needed, $1 Million Challenge

Grant To Create STEM Learning Lab For Hawaii’s Youth


Honolulu, HI - The Ray Foundation (Naples, Florida) recently awarded Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum a $1 million challenge grant to develop a new educational resource for Hawaii Youth - a Learning Lab using the exciting field of aviation and aerospace to advance interest and competency in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  The proposed Learning Lab will be located on Ford Island as part of the current museum campus.

The new Learning Lab at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum provides an opportunity to introduce a new generation of Hawaii’s youth to the history and technology of flight, introducing them -- through that experience -- to a variety of STEM industries. Their experiences will be rooted in relevant, authentic activities powered by state-of-the-art technology to teach timeless fundamentals applicable to a wide range of careers. Students will use lessons learned to help construct their own future.

“Our vision is to advance education and leadership opportunities for students in Hawaii by creating a Learning Lab. Working with our Navy partners, an existing WWII pilot training building, adjacent to the historic Ford Island Control Tower, will be renovated and converted into a modern-day center for young people.  Our plan includes installation of the innovative – and highly-successful – Aviation Learning Center model developed by the Seattle Museum of Flight. This learning environment uses flight simulators, and other technology tools, to engage students in their own learning,” said Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Executive Director Elissa Lines.

Lines continued: “In the Learning Lab, a broad spectrum of Hawaii students will participate in, hands-on learning that will emphasize critical-thinking, collaborative decision-making, and creative problem-solving advancing both their academic capabilities and the life skills that will combine to help them succeed. The Learning Lab will help students visualize their future, understanding how what they learn in the classroom translates into the jobs they will hold in their future. 

The grant is a challenge – Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum must raise $1 million to earn the matching funds!  For information on how you can help or to contribute, doubling the value of your gift, please contact the museum at 808-800-2431 or

Together, we will open the doors to the future for Hawaii youth.

Ray Foundation

James C. Ray was born in 1923 in San Francisco. He graduated from high school at 17 and worked as a steelworker, helping to construct several of San Francisco’s prominent skyscrapers. He came to Hawaii to work on a Navy construction project near the USS Arizona battleship and witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, served as a B-17 command pilot, and flew a total of 30 missions. He was also lead pilot on a D-Day attack on German headquarters in Normandy, France. Mr. Ray believed the self-discipline required – and self-confidence developed – during the flight training experience helped him become a successful individual. His foundation tries to provide those same opportunities for other youth around the nation.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is located on Historic Ford Island, where bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Walk on the Pearl Harbor battlefield where the attack began, enter the bullet-scarred hangars, see the control tower and aircraft of the battle, Including a Japanese Zero and the B-17 Swamp Ghost. Hear the stories of WWII heroes and their response to the attack that changed our nation and the world. Tour Included, flight simulators and café available.


Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II sharing the artifacts, personal stories, the impact and response to the December 7, 1941 attack and the pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom so they might educate and inspire future generations. Contact: 808-441-1000;

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