WHO: Hawaii Academy of Science
WHAT: Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair
WHERE: Hawaii Convention Center
WHEN: April 8 & 9, 2013
HONOLULU, HI (MARCH 4, 2013) — For the third year in a row, President Barack Obama highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in his State of the Union address, saying last month that it builds “the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now, and in the future.”
Although it’s a top national priority and of critical importance today, the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair (HSSEF) has celebrated STEM education for more than half a century. And a glimpse of the state’s bright future can be found during the 56th annual science fair, taking place April 8 & 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
“The continued successes of our Hawaii students at local, national, and international science fairs, and at seizing the resulting educational opportunities at the best U.S. colleges and universities, inspire us to pull together and continue our sponsorship of HSSEF,” Says Wayne Kamitaki, chairman of the Hawaii Academy of Sciences (HAS) Board of Directors. “Our state and the communities should rally to support all STEM education programs in our schools and the dedicated teachers who volunteer their time to support their students in these extracurricular activities.”
The HSSEF is the oldest and largest science education program in Hawaii. It reaches more than 7,000 students across the state, with over 700 students — representing public, private and home schools — participating in the premiere event, competing for significant prizes and awards.
The 2012 event was the largest yet, showcasing 467 projects from 84 public, private, and home schools from across the state. And this year’s event will feature a STEM Career Expo To promote the opportunities available here at home to the next generation of Hawaii’s best and brightest.
Select winners of the state fair (along with projects selected at district competitions) will go on to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), one of the most prestigious student science competitions in the world. This year, the international event will be held May 12-17, 2013 in Pheonix, Arizona, again offering students over $4 million scholarships and prizes, and the opportunity to interact with leading scientists and engineers around the world.
Two dozen Hawaii students traveled to the ISEF last year, nine of them earning recognition and over $7,500 in cash awards. That includes students from Kamehameha Schools and Hilo High School who were recognized for their work in life sciences in the ISEF Grand Awards ceremony.
The science fair is a collaborative effort, and could not happen without the dedication of many sponsors and hundreds of volunteers. The Academy welcomes inquiries on sponsoring, judging, volunteering, and mentoring. Visit hawaiiacademyofscience.org, or call the Academy office at (808) 956-7930.
About the Hawaii Academy of Science
The Hawaii Academy of Science (HAS) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1925. The mission of the HAS is to promote scientific research and education in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. For more information, visit hawaiiacademyofscience.org.