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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.


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Ignite STEMIgnite STEM will be presented at 3 p.m. at Windward Community College during Unconferenz. If you can’t make it to the Imaginarium, watch the live video stream here!

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Brian Shiro – Life on Mars
  • Jim Crisafulli – International Lunar Research Park
  • Angel Yanagihara – The Science of the Sting
  • Jake Hudson – It’s only Rocket Science
  • Royce Jones – There’s a Map for That
  • Ria Baldevia – Cyber Security Challenge
  • Scott Robertson – Open Data Education
  • Lindsea Kemp-Wilbur – Internet Society

Hawaii students are making great strides in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), earning national and international acclaim. To promote the opportunities available here at home to the next generation of Hawaii’s best and brightest, the upcoming Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair will include its first STEM Career Expo.

“The goal is to show students the benefits of continuing with their STEM education through college and into a promising career,” says Wayne Kamitaki, chairman of the Hawaii Academy of Sciences Board of Directors. “And STEM careers are those which will keep Hawaii competitive not only nationally but internationally.”

The Career Expo will feature local education programs offered by the University of Hawaii and other institutions. And Hawaii companies will showcase a multitude of potential career paths. Participating firms include GreenPath Technologies, Makai Ocean Engineering, Williams
Aerospace, and Oceanit.

Oceanit Marketing Director Ian Kitajima explains: “Many of these companies found success through their dual­use business strategy, leveraging research and development backed by federal defense funds to capitalize on commercial opportunities. And their salaries are competitive with counterparts on the mainland, keeping local talent at home, and even bringing many back home.”

The Career Expo is scheduled to run concurrently with the 56th Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair, taking place April 7­8 at the Hawaii Convention Center. And both events will culminate in a gala awards dinner to celebrate excellence in STEM education across the state. Because of its unique, independent nature, diverse programs like VEX Robotics, FIRST more ­­Robotics, Science Olympiad, Cyber Patriot and many others are recognized in a single awards ceremony.

Last year, the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye was on hand to present the inaugural STEM Week Hawaii awards, which recognized programs at 14 local schools. Mililani High and Highlands Intermediate schools took statewide honors, and Hawaiian Electric Company received the first Daniel K. Inouye Award for Commitment to STEM Education.

The two-­day program makes up the core of STEM Week Hawaii, which recognizes schools that promote a rich variety of STEM activities. All public and private middle and high schools throughout Hawaii are invited to participate (elementary schools will be added to the mix in 2014), and local companies are encouraged to support them, whether via the industry expo or through a range of sponsorship levels.

STEM Week Hawaii is organized by HAS and supported by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources. For more information on attending, sponsoring, or presenting at STEM Week events, please visit STEMWeekHawaii.org.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Tamayose
Director, HSSEF
Hawai‘i Academy of Science
Phone: (808) 956-­7930
E­Mail: info@hawaiiacademyofscience.org

Vincent Kimura
Managing Partner
The Inovi Group
Phone: (808) 291­-2080
E­Mail: vincent.kimura@inovigroup.com

ABOUT HAS

The Hawaii Academy of Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization committed to promoting scientific research and education in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The Academy is particularly interested in developing and executing programs and experiences for the science and learning communities. In addition to the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair, projects include the Pacific Symposium for Science & Sustainability (PS3) and Science Cafe. For more information, visit http://hawaiiacademyofscience.org.

The Hawaii Academy of Sciences (HAS) this week is putting out an early call to the state’s most innovative companies and organizations to help set the stage for the second annual STEM Week Hawaii.

STEM Week Hawaii is a multi-day celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education across the state, organized by HAS and supported by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The 2013 program will expand upon the first STEM Week Hawaii, held in April. Scheduled to run concurrently with the 56th Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF), several special events will culminate in a gala awards dinner. These events include an Industry Exposition and Job Fair, which gives local businesses and organizations an opportunity to demonstrate their technology and services, and two fast-paced “Ignite STEM Week” presentations that will showcase some of the cutting-edge research and development taking place in Hawaii.

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye was on hand to present the inaugural STEM Week Hawaii awards, which recognized STEM programs at 14 local schools. Mililani High and Highlands Intermediate schools took statewide honors, and Hawaiian Electric Company received the first Daniel K. Inouye Award for Commitment to STEM Education.

STEM Week Hawaii is statewide program that recognizes schools that promote a rich variety of STEM activities, offer students many entry points for involvement in STEM education, conduct outreach to a broad and diverse population of students, or encourage co-curricular STEM programs that align with academic standards. Because of its unique, independent nature, diverse programs like VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics, Science Olympiad, Cyber Patriot and many others are recognized in a single awards ceremony.

The core of the STEM Week Hawaii program, including the expo to the awards dinner, will take place April 7-9, 2013 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The science fair awards and STEM Week awards will both be announced on Tuesday, April 9. The locations and dates of the planned “Ignite STEM Week” sessions will be announced soon.

All public and private middle and high schools throughout Hawaii are invited to participate in STEM Week Hawaii. (Elementary schools will be added to the mix in 2014.) And local companies are encouraged to support them, whether via the industry expo or through a range of sponsorship levels.

For more information on attending, sponsoring, or presenting at STEM Week Hawaii, please visit STEMWeekHawaii.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Vincent Kimura
Managing Partner
Inovi Group
Phone: (808) 291-2080
E-Mail: vincent.kimura@inovigroup.com

ABOUT HAS:

The Hawaii Academy of Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization committed to promoting scientific research and education in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The Academy is particularly interested in developing and executing programs and experiences for the science and learning communities. In addition to the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair, projects include the Pacific Symposium for Science & Sustainability (PS3) and Science Cafe. For more information, visit http://hawaiiacademyofscience.org

 

Photo Credit: Eugene HopkinsThe inaugural STEM Week Awards were given out yesterday, celebrating the achievements of 14 high and middle schools in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For the first time, diverse fields like VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics, Science Olympiad, the Hawai‘i State Science & Engineering Fair, and CyberPatriot were recognized in a single awards ceremony.

In his keynote address, Senator Daniel K. Inouye recognized the importance of STEM and its contribution to the competitiveness of Hawaii’s students. He reflected on his humble public school upbringing and how, only in America, he could fight the stereotype of a Japanese-American during WWII to achieve his current position as the President pro tempore of the Senate.

Inouye said in a statement: “I arrived home to Hawai‘i last night and was pleased that my first event was to participate in the STEM Week Awards Lunch. It warmed my heart to see bright young students and their committed teachers and principals. Hawai‘i has much to be proud of and to be hopeful about. We should not sell ourselves short. Our future is in good hands.”

On stage to hand out awards with Sen. Inouye were Neal Atebara, Chairman of the Board of the Hawai‘i Academy of Science (HAS), HAS President Kerry Kakazu, Robbie Alm, Executive Vice President of Hawaiian Electric Company, and Morgan Kapololu, Verizon Retail Manager.

The following schools were recognized for their commitment to STEM education:

High School State Champions

  1. Mililani High School
  2. ‘Iolani School
  3. Waipahu High School

Middle School State Champions

  1. Highlands Intermediate School
  2. ‘Iolani School
  3. Punahou School

Oahu Island (High School)

  • Moanalua High School

Big Island (High School)

  • Waiakea High School

Kauai Island (High School)

  • Waimea High School

Maui County (High School)

  • Baldwin High School

Independent School

  • Punahou School

Oahu Island (Middle School)

  • Waipahu Intermediate School

Big Island (Middle School)

  • Waiakea Intermediate School

Kauai Island (Middle School)

  • Waimea Canyon Middle School

Maui County (Middle School)

  • Maui Waena Intermediate School

Independent School

  • St. Andrew’s Priory School

The inaugural STEM Week Awards also featured the first Daniel K. Inouye Award for Commitment to STEM Education, which went to Hawaiian Electric Company. The award is given to an individual or organization that demonstrated leadership in Hawaii’s STEM educational initiatives by ensuring continued access to STEM programs statewide.

The STEM Week program also featured an Industry Exposition and Job Fair that gave local businesses and organizations the opportunity to showcase their technology and services to students, educators, and job seekers.

Photo Credit: Eugene Hopkins

Photo Credit: Eugene Hopkins

Photo Credit: Eugene Hopkins

Photo credit: Eugene Hopkins.

Oahu

  • Campbell High School
  • Ewa Makai Middle School
  • Farrington High School
  • Hawaii Technology Academy
  • Highlands Intermediate School
  • Kahuku High and Intermediate
  • Kalakaua Middle School
  • Kalani High School
  • Kapolei Middle School
  • McKinley High School
  • Mililani High School
  • Mililani Middle School
  • Moanalua High School
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate School
  • Niu Valley Middle School
  • Pearl City High School
  • University Laboratory School
  • Wahiawa Middle School
  • Waipahu High School
  • Waipahu Intermediate School
  • Washington Middle School

Big Island

  • Hilo High School
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Kea’au High School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Kealakehe Intermediate
  • Kohala Middle School
  • Konawaena
  • Waiakea High School
  • Waiakea Intermediate
  • West Hawaii Explorations PCS

Kauai

  • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
  • Kapa’a High School
  • Kapa’a Middle School
  • Kaua’i High School
  • Waimea Canyon Middle School
  • Waimea High School

Maui

  • Baldwin High School
  • Iao Intermediate
  • King Kekaulike High School
  • Lahaina Intermediate
  • Lahainaluna High School
  • Lokelani Intermediate
  • Maui High School
  • Maui Waena Intermediate School
  • Molokai High School
  • Molokai Middle School

Independent Schools:

  • Academy of the Pacific
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Hanalani Schools
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy
  • Holy Trinity School
  • Iolani School
  • Island Pacific Academy
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Military Home Educator’s Network
  • Punahou School
  • Saint Francis School
  • St. Andrew’s Priory School

Students to converge on convention center for 3-day science event
By Mary Vorsino, Mar 29, 2012

Next week, budding young scientists from around the state will gather to show off their skills in everything from robotics to rocketry as part of an event aimed at shining a spotlight on innovative opportunities for science learning.

Organizers are also hoping that the first-ever “STEM Week” will bring attention to the need to beef up science education in schools and attract more students to fields in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math.

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The fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are critical to the future of Hawaii and the U.S., with major initiatives launching nationwide to ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. Next month, the inaugural Hawaii STEM Week will bring together a wide range of local stakeholders to highlight these critical areas of education, and encourage greater community support and industry engagement.

Scheduled to run concurrently with the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF), STEM Week will feature events to recognize excellence among Hawaii’s schools, connect students and practitioners with relevant employers and careers, and award local institutions for their work in advancing STEM education.

“Programs in STEM provide an invaluable experience to students by building a sense of self-confidence and igniting a lifelong passion for learning,” said Neal Atebara, board chairman of the Hawaii Academy of Science. “By acknowledging institutional accomplishments in addition to individual achievements, STEM Week will pay tribute to collective school efforts and commitment towards STEM exploration.”

The on-site Industry Exposition and Job Fair will give local businesses and organizations an opportunity to demonstrate their technology and services to students, educators, and even investors. Firms working in Hawaii’s dual-use industry will be well represented, sharing their latest work and available career opportunities.

The STEM Institutional Awards Banquet will highlight educational institutions that strive to make STEM activities ubiquitous in every student’s educational experience. The program will honor schools that promote a rich variety of STEM activities and offer students many entry points for involvement in STEM education.

STEM Week will take place April 3-5, 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The expo will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on April 3rd, 10 to 4pm on the 4th, and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 5. The STEM awards banquet will follow at 11:30 a.m. on April 5.

Preparations are well underway, and organizers are currently inviting local companies and groups to participate in STEM Week via the industry expo or as event sponsors. For more information on attending the event or sponsoring STEM Week, please visit STEMWeekHawaii.org or email kerrykak@hawaii.edu.

ABOUT HAS

The Hawaii Academy of Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization committed to promoting scientific research and education in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The Academy is particularly interested in developing and executing programs and experiences for the science and learning communities. In addition to the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair, projects include the Pacific Symposium for Science & Sustainability (PS3) and Science Cafe. For more information, visit hawaiiacademyofscience.org.