Mo’orea, Tahiti

Our goal is to serve the communities of Mo’ora educating the next generation of citizen scientists of Oceania using our ancestral knowledge in partnership with STEM methods.

Our program prepares students ages 12-20 for future career possibilities. SOS aims to establish long-term, sustainable connections between researchers, public and private sector businesses and community. With the combined partnership of the youth and community using a citizen science approach in the research process, the role of scientists in society and the scientific process can be demystified.

We have initiated these goals by starting a summer tutoring program in partnership with non-profit Puna Reo Piha’e’ina, FACE Fondation and volunteer teachers from the local middle school called Te Ara’a. The theme of this program covered local indigenous history, geography, ocean exploration, river exploration and traditional voyaging.  


July 2020, underwater investigation of fauna and sea-conditions with a local biologist (Piha’e’ina, Mo’orea).


 

While teaching with the tools and methods of cutting edge Western science, we lead and prioritize our practice in our ancestral knowledge of our tupuna in the Pacific Islands. Because of the deep rooted ecological knowledge that has been passed down from our tupuna, the indigenous peoples and communities of Oceania have thrived in our islands for thousands of years.

We make it a priority to center the knowledge of the tupuna in our curriculum by asking questions such as: “How did tupuna acquire the knowledge to become good land managers?”, “How are the tupuna ways similar or different to today’s methods?”, and “What is the evidence that tupuna were more skilled land managers than we are today?”


July 2020 river water quality measurements with SOS Mo’orea (Paopao, Mo’orea).