2013 ASTRONAUT LACY VEACH DAY OF DISCOVERY
INSPIRING, EXPLORING, DISCOVERING, VOYAGING, AND LEARNING
|Saturday's Schedule and Descriptions of the Workshops|
|7:45-8:45 a.m.||Registration (Dillingham Hall)|
|8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.||Interactive displays (see the list) in the Mamiya Science Center Courtyard, (see the map)|
|9:10-9:55 a.m.||Opening general assembly with keynote speaker Nainoa Thompson [+ Read Bio],|
Polynesian Voyaging Society (Dillingham Hall)
|10:10-11:10 a.m.||Workshop Session I (Mamiya Science Center classrooms)|
|11:20-12:20 p.m.||Workshop Session II (Mamiya Science Center classrooms)|
|12:20-1:05 p.m.||Lunch (bring your own lunch and drink or purchase on campus)|
|1:15-2:00 p.m.||General assembly with VEX IQ Robotics [+ Read More],|
"A STEM education revolution" (Dillingham Hall)
|2:00-3:00 p.m.||Space Science Magic—science demonstrations with Dale Olive and Roger Kwok (Dillingham Hall)|
We've listed this year's 17 workshops below. You may also see an "easy to print" page (pdf file) showing the day's schedule and all the workshop descriptions, by clicking >> here.
WORKSHOP 2013_01 Mystery and Intrigue—The Wide World of Electricity
Jimmy Yao and the HECO team, Hawaiian Electric Company (Energy Solutions Engineering Division)
Learn at least one exciting aspect of electricity and have a chance to see if an engineer can create some magic and take you on a brief voyage of discovery. Build a portable experiment that should impress your friends, family and teachers. As always, no previous experience necessary; just bring your eagerness to participate and learn. In fact, you may be able to teach our engineers something new.
WORKSHOP 2013_02 Water-Powered Bottle Rockets
Gail Peiterson and Tai Crouch, Punahou School
Make a bottle rocket and apply Newton's Laws and launch your water powered "shuttle" into orbit in this sure-to-be "explosive" activity.
WORKSHOP 2013_03 The Wonderful World of Optical Illusions (or don't Let Your Eyes Fool You!)
Roger Kwok, Leeward Community College
Explore a wide variety of optical illusions in trying to understand how our eyes and brain can trick us into seeing things and put together some really cool illusions of your own.
WORKSHOP 2013_04 Bristlebot Racers
Kalani Robotics Team #3008 and Bryan Silver, coach, Kalani High School
Construct a bristlebot, a fun, exciting robot made of a vibrating cell phone motor and a toothbrush head. Design and construct a Bristlebot to go the fastest in a straight line, and compete with other Bristlebots for bragging rights.
WORKSHOP 2013_05 ArTeC Robot Dance
Stan Mesina, August Ahrens Elementary School
Learn how the ARTEC Push-Button Robot works and program it to go through a maze or make it dance with other robots. It's easy to learn but hard to master. Receive an electronic kit to make a happy birthday card.
WORKSHOP 2013_06 Unlocking the Mystery of Color
Reid Sasaki, Lance Kimura, Paul Fetherland, Michele Higa, Nolan Bilgera, Reyn Tamashiro, Bill Carreira, Michelle Muraoka, Carey Oshiro, Hawaiian Electric Company (Smart Grid Department)
See first hand how an XYZ can be commanded to speak (nicely) to an ABC using a powerful Arduino (or it a Neutrino?) while setting the stage for a group "art" exhibit. To whet your appetite, the workshop hint is: "Y equals G" and "A, B, or C equals D." Excited students are needed in order to help the instructors (who are definitely not artists) in their quest to produce a unique piece of crowd-based electronic art.
WORKSHOP 2013_07 Eyes of Discovery (with Cow Eye Dissection)
Neal Atebara, MD, FACS, Hawaii Academy of Science
Human eyes are marvels of complexity and beauty. Without them, ancient Polynesians could not have navigated the vast Pacific by starlight, and today's astronauts could not explore space. Learn the intricacies of how the human eye works, then dissect a cow eye and study its anatomy.
WORKSHOP 2013_08 Food Science in Action: Making Instant Ice Cream in 5 Minutes or Less
Walter Rhee, Food Writer, M.S. Food Science
Experience food science in action in making instant ice cream.
WORKSHOP 2013_09 A Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On
Julia and Craig Segawa, Stevenson Middle School, and Aaron Segawa
We are looking for engineers to design a building that can withstand an earthquake. Test your creation on our earthquake shake table. Whose building will remain standing? Come and find out!
WORKSHOP 2013_10 Hydraulic Robot Arm 2.0: The Next Generation
Wendell Thomas, Challenger Center Hawai'i/NASA RERC, Kapolei High School students
Learn about engineering principles and apply them to build your own hydraulic robot arm and then be prepared to do battle to save the Earth from nuclear contamination.
WORKSHOP 2013_11 The Incredible Edible Car
Jeanine Nakakura, DOE STEM Resource Teacher, Hope Espinda, Campbell-Kapolei STEM Resource Teacher, and Leslie Hamasaki, Kalani High School
Design and test a vehicle made of edible food products, then race your cars! Using the engineering design process, students will be provided with a hands-on, problem-solving experience using teamwork, communication, and professional ethics in an engineering setting.
WORKSHOP 2013_12 Bad Atmosphere
Peter Michaud, Public Information/Outreach for the Gemini Observatory
Turbulence in our atmosphere has plagued astronomers since Galileo first pointed his telescope skyward, but now astronomers can fight back with an amazing technology called adaptive optics. Learn how the same turbulence that makes you fasten your seatbelt in an airplane can blur views of the universe. Un-bend starlight and understand how astronomers use lasers and deformable mirrors to tame our atmosphere and discover a universe of remarkable beauty and clarity.
WORKSHOP 2013_13 Extreme Skydive Engineering
Charles Souza and Ryan Saito, Elemental Minds, STEM Enrichment Program
Become an Aeronautical Engineer as you face the challenge of designing a device to keep your test pilot floating within the safe zone. Test your prototype in the wind turbine chamber, and optimize your design. Become the innovator of tomorrow!
WORKSHOP 2013_14 Discover the Science of Discrepant Events
Richard Jones, University of Hawai'i, West Oahu
Explore density with M&Ms, model plate tectonics with Milky Way Bars, and discover how heat flows through a series of engaging fun, hands-on activities.
WORKSHOP 2013_15 What Happens to Your Food After You Eat It?
Maria Stewart, Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Have you ever wondered what happens to your food after you chew and swallow it? See how our stomach and small intestine can get energy and important nutrients from foods. Experiment to learn why some foods make us feel fuller than other foods.
WORKSHOP 2013_16 Can You Make Food with a Machine?
Douglas Howe, MESAusa
NASA wants to make explorations into space that can take years. Have you ever wondered how they are going to feed those astronauts when food in refrigerators here on Earth starts to turn green and slimy in days? NASA is working on building a 3D "food" printer to solve the problem. Use the engineering design process to build a machine to mix and dispense the astronauts' drink.
WORKSHOP 2013_17 The Pinhole Camera
James Redmond and Lauren Kaupp, CRDG-University of Hawai'i, Manoa, HaSTA
Build a simple pinhole camera to help answer the questions -- Does a camera need a glass or plastic lens? As light passes through a very small hole and projects an image, does the projected image appear the same as the image viewed with the naked eye? Gain a better understanding of the nature of light.
Workshop assignments will be based upon your selections and space availability.
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Updated November 21, 2013.