Science Symposium 2018 Workshop Descriptions

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#1 - ARE THOSE FISHES REALLY SWEATING?

Learn more about climate change and how it affects the Hawaiian Islands and its inhabitants and ecosystems, from bleached coral to acidic oceans. Through several hands-on activities, discover how and why the planet is warming up at an alarming rate and learn what can be done to protect the Earth’s precious ecosystems!

Chelsea Zaniboni – Science Teacher  |  Sacred Hearts Academy

 

#2 - BECOME PART OF THE CHAIN AND HAVE FUN WITH KINETIC ENERGY

Use the engineering design process to explore and learn about kinetic energy. Learn how to use common, everyday materials, such as cups and sticks, to create chain reactions that are sure to entertain and amaze!

Charles Souza – Technology Integration Specialist  |  Department of Education STEM Enrichment Program

 

#3 - BUILD, PROGRAM AND DRIVE - A ROBOT THAT IS! (This is a double-session workshop – registrants must sign-up for both sessions #3a and #3b)

Learn the basics of robot-building and programming skills using VEX IQ robotics kits. In this fun and engaging session, participants will work collaboratively to build and program robots to complete a driving task.

Peter Park – Robotics Coordinator  |  Sacred Hearts Academy

 

#4 - CAN I REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Take the “Carbon Neutrality Challenge,” a game designed by this father-daughter presenter team, and see – first-hand – what individuals can do to affect climate change. Participants will be happy mastering this exciting learning, and the planet will be thankful for it!

 Dr. Camilo Mora, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and Asrylle Mora Rollo – Fifth Grader, Liholiho Elementary School

 

#5 - CATCH THE CULPRIT USING CHROMATOGRAPHY

Learn the fundamentals of the science of Chromatography, the art of separating different colors into colorful rainbow-like smears called chromatograms. In a hands-on experiment, test seven different pens to determine which pen was used to write bad checks at the local Panda Express, and proceed to provide evidence to apprehend the culprit!

Jim Ruhter – Mathematics and Science Teacher  |  International School of Singapore

 

#6 - DIG THIS EXCITING INVESTIGATION OF EROSION!

Discover the dynamics that rainfall, runoff and wind have on soil and how this process, known as erosion, impacts important parts of daily life. Develop a better understanding of the economics of erosion and how this process lowers food production while increasing operation costs and the price of food. Participants will also design their own soil erosion system using soil, water and a few fresh flowers.

Sarah Sterling – Seed Production Lead  |  Monsanto Hawai’i

 

#7 - DRAG RACE TO MARS

Take a voyage to Mars! Participants will design and build a landing capsule to simulate how NASA engineers use the atmosphere of Mars to slow down the vehicle as it enters the planet’s orbit. Will the design crash? Miss its target? Make a perfect landing on the surface of the Red Planet? Discover the answer!

Denisse Aranda – Program Director | Science Camps of America

 

#8 - FASCINATING FARE FOR FOODIES

Fascinated by food? Uncover some of the basics of the industry by identifying food profiles and explore how chefs “balance taste” in a restaurant. Learn all about emulsions, salad dressings, vinaigrettes, foams and aioli. Expect some sampling, too!

Jon Matsubara – Executive Chef and Director | Bloomingdale’s Restaurants

 

#9 - FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES

How do gigantic airplanes manage to lift off the ground and fly through the air to destinations near and far? Explore the factors allowing planes to do just that! Also, operate an actual wind tunnel to see how a wing moves through the air and experience how Newton’s Third Law of Motion and Bernoulli’s Principle will be made simple through fun, hands-on experiments and demonstrations. 

Nick Kann – Outreach Programs Coordinator | Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

 

#10 - GET BUGGY WITH BACKYARD BUGS

Take a hands-on “tour” of the insect world and gain a better understanding about the good ones versus the bad ones. Learn how to positively co-exist in the world with insects where bugs are the majority, and humans are the minority!

Krishna Bayyareddy – Entomology Production Lead | Monsanto Hawai’i

 

#11 - GET CREATIVE – MIX ART AND SCIENCE

Discover the fascinating world of a natural scientific illustrators who enjoy immersing themselves in both science and art. Participants will “try their hand” at drawing to tell stories about animals and see nature in a whole new light!

Kirsten Carlson – Owner | Fathom iT Studios

 

#12 - LEAP INTO THE WORLD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Discover that pets, like people, have physical ailments and issues that impact their daily lives. Explore how veterinarians perform a physical exam on dogs and understand how radiographs, or x-rays, are used to diagnose a broad spectrum of health issues for two and four-legged friends.

Dr. Kathryn Nakamura – Veterinarian | King Street Pet Hospital

 

#13 - MAKE A SPLASH WHILE DETECTING WHALES AND DOLPHINS

Learn how to be a “scientific detective” and find whales and dolphins with underwater microphones, satellite tags, binoculars, hexacopters and more! Discover the joy of helping protect these endangered, mysterious and intelligent marine mammals.

Amanda Dillon and Ali Bayless | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

#14 - SCALPEL STAT!

Discover what happens in a hospital operating room! See a demonstration of how surgeons suture lacerations and other incisions. Practice sewing surgeon-style, using real surgical instruments on synthetic materials that feel like the real thing! Don’t worry! Just like a real patient under anesthesia, the simulators won’t feel any pain!

Dr. Holly Olson – Assistant Professor, University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine,  and Drs. Sue Gillern and Nancy Vaughns and Marc Hernandez – Technician, Tripler Army Medical Center

 

#15 - SEE THINGS THROUGH A NEW LIGHT

What allows people to see? Investigate the anatomy of the human eye while exploring and becoming informed about the dynamics associated with the precious sense of sight. Be prepared to “see” this process in a new light while dissecting a cow’s eye to get a better “view” and understanding of the wonders of vision!

Dr. Jan Hirakawa – Optometrist | Vision Source Honolulu

 

#16 - STEM THE FLAMES WHILE FIGHTING FIRES

What does the future hold for women in the Honolulu Fire Department? Discover the diverse and exciting career of firefighters and learn about their multi-faceted careers in a high-risk profession. Also, explore the role Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) plays in helping firefighters become “unsung heroes” of the community.

Captain Kiana Kam | Honolulu Fire Department

 

#17 - TAKE A DNA “SELFIE” AND BE A CSI IN-TRAINING

During this exciting workshop, participants will discover and use lab techniques practiced by professional scientists to collect and view DNA from cells in their own cheek. Then, they will secure the DNA in a vial and will make it into a necklace to be kept and worn.

Erin Flynn – Science Department Chair | Sacred Hearts Academy

 

#18 - WANT TO BE A GAMER? THEN LEARN THEIR CREATIVE CODE (This is a double-session workshop – registrants must sign-up for both sessions #18a and #18b)

Like to play video games? Learn to code your own game! No previous experience required to accept the challenge of pairing the power of code, games and electrical circuits to create personalized, 3-D masterpieces!

Dawn Robertson – Science Teacher | Sacred Hearts Academy

 

#19 - WORMING THROUGH LIFE

Learn about the value that worms add to daily life while exploring the differences between “composting” worms and earthworms and how worms positively impact soil and plants. Discover the dynamics of building and managing a “vermi-composting” habitat and take home samples of “brewed” compost tea.

Leslie Lam Foster – Owner | Kokua Worms

 

#20 - THE WORLD OF GEOLOGY ROCKS!

Examine real rock specimens, various crystals and even a few fossils! Check their special properties, such as glowing in ultraviolet light. Also, explore rocks from around the islands to provide a geological tale about land and how they have led to advances and discoveries in science and technology.

Liz Giggey – Museum Docent | Lucoral Museum

 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS AND REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)