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Students attend a keynote session with their parents, followed by two different, hands-on workshops (choices following).
 
 
#1 – 911 SAVES LIVES
Have a passion to help people and save lives? Consider entering the fascinating and exciting world of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)! Participants in this session will get an overview of the field, learn the differences between a “technician” and a “paramedic,” learn about the varied calls EMS responds to and get some hands-on “training” in an actual ambulance using actual equipment.
 
Karly Lau, Emergency Medical Services Technician
American Medical Response
 
 
#2 – ATHLETES AIM HIGH – HIGH TECH, THAT IS!
Want to improve athletic performance and speed and quickness? If so, just integrate technology into sports routines, using an iPad app, to quickly identify areas of improvement and review. This app allows athletes to record video for analysis to review action in slow-motion, zoom into movement, break down motion into still shots and add notes and comments. Other elements to help athletes improve, including weight training, speed, agility, quickness and the use of other software, will also be explored.
 
Cyril Pires, High School Dean
Sacred Hearts Academy
 
 
#3 – BE AN ENTREPRENEUR AND INVENT SOMETHING!
During this session, inquiring minds will be taken on a journey through the intricacies of the inventing process. Participants will receive hands-on exposure to some “survival” inventions that have saved lives all over the world, and they will use their own problem-solving skills to formulate their own inventions using tools including in a “primitive” inventor’s kit.
 
Robert Yonover, Ph.D., Inventor, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
SEE/RESCUE Corporation
 
 
#4 – BE IN THE CHAIN – FUN WITH KINETIC ENERGY REACTIONS
Use the engineering design process to explore and learn about all about kinetic energy. Participants will use common, everyday materials, such as cups and sticks, to create chain reactions that are sure to entertain and amaze!
 
Charles Souza,  Department of Education Technology Integration Specialist, and Ryan Saito, Department of Education Science Teacher
Elemental Minds, LLC – STEM Enrichment Program
 
 
#5 – CATCH THE CULPRIT – USING SCIENCE!
Become a “junior crime scene investigator” tasked with catching a perpetrator who has been writing bad checks at the local Toys-R-Us. Seven possible culprits have been identified, and the ink pens each possessed have been recovered. Attendees will learn about and use the art of “chromatography” – the science of separating various colors to make black ink form colorful “smears.” And, to solve the crime, the investigators will analyze and compare these ink pen “footprints” to that on the bad check.
 
Jim Ruhter, Mathematics and Science Teacher
International Schools
 
 
#6 – DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Pets are like people too – they have physical ailments and issues which impact their daily lives. Participants will explore how veterinarians perform a physical exam on pets, using a dog, and will discover how tests similar to those done on humans, such as 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
 
 
#7 – DIG THIS: IT’S AN 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 everyone’s life. Erosion washes away dirt and lowers food production – increasing operation costs and how much people pay for food products! Participants will also design their own soil erosion system using soil, water and even flowers!
 
Sarah Sterling, Seed Production Lead
Monsanto Hawai’i
 
 
#8 – DISCOVER THE DNA OF LIMU
Amazingly, over 200 species of “limu,” plants living under water were discovered by a female scientist of Hawaiian ancestry, Dr. Isabella Kauakea Aiona Abbott! Discover more about Dr. Aiona Abbott’s great, edible discoveries, including the “genetic code” making each limu species different, and make a limu “code bracelet” to take home.
 
Elisha Wood-Charlson, Ph.D., Research/Communications Program Manager
University of Hawai’i
 
 
#9 – FASCINATING FARE JUST FOR FOODIES
Fascinated by food? Uncover some of the basics of the industry by identifying food profiles and exploring how chefs “balance taste” in a restaurant. Participants will also learn all about emulsions, salad dressings, vinaigrettes, foams and aioli and can expect some sampling too!
 
Jon Matsubara, Executive Chef and Director, and Clendon Wong, Chef,
Forty Carrots–Bloomingdale’s Restaurants
 
 
#10 – FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES
Under the guidance of a retired pilot, participants will delve into the basics of flying a plane, including details of aviation navigation, flight instruments and general aviation operations. Learn how to plan a flight using sectional charts, properly calculate aviation details and make critical decisions so the plane arrives at the desired destination efficiently and, most importantly, safely!
 
Bill Miller, Education Programs Manager, and Christine Williams, STEM Instructor
Pacific Aviation Museum
 
 
#11 – GET BUGGY WITH BACKYARD BUGS
About 80 percent of known species in the animal kingdom are insects, and while many are thought of negatively, not all are bad! Take a hands-on “tour” of the insect world and gain a better understanding about them. 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
 
 
#12 – GO BEYOND THE SURFACE: DISCOVER BIODIVERSITY ON CORAL REEFS
Wonder what lives on a coral reef besides fish, sea urchins and corals? Participants will learn all about biodiversity, uncover the hidden life – or cryptobiota – that lives within a coral reef and discover how marine scientists identify and study these intriguing, living entities.
 
Molly Timmers, Marine Ecosystem Project Manager, Erika Johnson and Keisha Bahr, Ph.D.
Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology
 
 
#13 – INVITING INNOVATIONS IN FOOD FARE
Americans eat 31 percent more processed food than fresh food, consuming more packaged and processed food than their counterparts in nearly every other country. When it comes to processed foods, it is what is in them that counts! Explore some state-of-the-art scientific approaches for improving processing, packaging and storage techniques to enhance the quality of processed foods. Also, learn about the process of “freeze drying” space food for astronauts and a “super-cooling” technique to maintain foods fresh and unfrozen and at sub-zero temperatures.
 
Soojin Jun, Ph.D., Associate Professor
University of Hawai’i Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
 
 
#14 – ROBOTICS GOES FIRST!
This double-session workshop (interested registrants sign up for both sessions #14a and #14b) is ideal for aspiring robotics engineers and programmers – little or no experience needed! Participants will enjoy a fast-paced, real-scale recreation of the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC). Experience the exciting rigor of a highly-collaborative environment where attendees will need to problem-solve under time constraints to meet the robotics objectives required to complete the Challenge.
 
Peter Park, Robotics Coordinator, and Members of Lancer Robotics Team
Sacred Hearts Academy
 
 
#15 – ROCKING THE WORLD OF GEOLOGY
Rocks provide a tale about the Earth and are integral tools that have led to advances and discoveries in science and technology. Participants will examine real rock specimens, various crystals and even a few fossils! Explore some of the special properties these samples have and the role rocks play in science and examine samples from around the Islands to identify where they came from and other interesting facts about the local land.
 
Liz Giggey, Museum Docent
Lucoral Museum
 
 
#16 – SCALPEL STAT!
Wonder what happens in an 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!
 
Tamarin McCartin, MD; Amber Vercesi, MD; and Marc Hernandez, Simulation Technician
Tripler Army Medical Center
 
 
#17 – WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – UNDER THE SEA
Know what a “tunicate” is or why a “brittle star” has this name? Find these answers and more during this exciting look at the diversity of life “under the sea.” Participants will find and classify a variety of diverse marine organisms and should bring a smartphone to take photos of the tiny marine creatures they discover!
 
Cristina Veresan, Science Teacher, Le Jardin Academy, and Raphael Ritson-Williams, Graduate Researcher
 
 
#18 – WORMING THROUGH LIFE
Think worms are just worthless invertebrates? Think again! In this engaging session, participants will learn about the value worms add to daily life while exploring the differences between “composting” worms and earthworms. Delve into how worms positively impact soil and plants. Learn how to build and manage a “vermi-composting” habitat and take home samples of “brewed” compost tea, which will benefit the plants in backyards!
 
Leslie Lam Foster, Owner
Kokua Worms