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Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (4)

This is the fourth in a series of posts dealing with Weaving Connections, a project of Habele to sustain and preserve Micronesian backstrap weaving traditions among Island populations who’ve migrated to the United States mainland. More here. Further Engagement of On-Island Weavers and Craftsmen Publication of photos of initial designs and prototypes on social media … Continue reading Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (4)

Tuition scholarships highlight American-Micronesian ties

Individual Americans have pooled private donations to help promising students in Micronesia attend the island nation’s top performing independent schools. Habele, a US nonprofit established by former Peace Corps Volunteers, has awarded merit and needs-based tuition scholarships since 2006. It is the only US nonprofit exclusively focused on serving students and schools within the Federated … Continue reading Tuition scholarships highlight American-Micronesian ties

Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (3)

This is the third in a series of posts dealing with Weaving Connections, a project of Habele to sustain and preserve Micronesian backstrap weaving traditions among Island populations who’ve migrated to the United States mainland. More here Development of Initial Prototypes First, Habele fabricated a scale model, and then a full-size initial specimen, of a … Continue reading Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (3)

Robo Day in Yap showcases STEM Achievement in Micronesia

The dust has settled on Yap’s 9th annual Robo Day competition, an exhibition of technical skill and achievement by robotics clubs from across the remote islands of Yap State. Provisioned and supported by Habele, clubs from participating high schools enjoy hands-on robotics learning throughout the year, before gathering to show off their skills to the … Continue reading Robo Day in Yap showcases STEM Achievement in Micronesia

Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (2)

This is the second in a series of posts dealing with Weaving Connections, a project of Habele to sustain and preserve Micronesian backstrap weaving traditions among Island populations who’ve migrated to the United States mainland. More here Cataloging of Materials and Equipment Habele and our technical leads began by listing all the items needed to … Continue reading Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (2)

Habele fundraising t-shirts now for sale!

In 2006 a group of former Peace Corps Volunteers established a US-based nonprofit to advance educational opportunity and access across Micronesia. Since that time Habele has provided book donations, awarded tuition scholarships, supported cultural mentors and created a Micronesia wide high school robotics league. For a decade and a half, Habele's unique and distinctive t-shirts … Continue reading Habele fundraising t-shirts now for sale!

Pohnpei Science Fair Highlights Robotics Learning

In May, students from high schools and elementary schools across Pohnpei gathered for the 2021 Science Fair at Pohnpei Island Central School (PICS). The PICS booth showcased the achievements of the school's Robo Club, including a full scale competition game board for visitors to try their hand at directing robots through various challenges. In addition … Continue reading Pohnpei Science Fair Highlights Robotics Learning

Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (1)

This is the first in a series of posts dealing with Weaving Connections, a project of Habele to sustain and preserve Micronesian backstrap weaving traditions among Island populations who’ve migrated to the United States mainland. More here Framing the Problem Though loom weaving of skirts is central to daily life in the Caroline Islands, few … Continue reading Micronesian Looms: Weaving Connections in the US (1)