2014 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
at the University of Hawai‘i - Hilo

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Registration Form

8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Free interactive displays available for viewing—see the list (UH-H Library Lanai)
7:45-9:00 a.m. Registration (UH-H Performing Arts Center Lanai)
9:30-10:30 a.m. Opening general assembly with keynote speaker: NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim [bio] (UH-H Performing Arts Center)
10:45-11:45 a.m. Workshop Session I
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch (lunch provided for registered students by American Savings Bank)
12:45-1:45 p.m. Workshop Session II
2:00-3:15 p.m. Closing general assembly featuring the VEX IQ Robotics Exhibition and Science Magic Demonstrations by Mr. Science is Fun, Dale Olive, Waiakea High School, and his friends (UH-H Performing Arts Center); special door prizes!

Workshop Descriptions

Here are the workshop descriptions. For students in grades 4-12, parents, and teachers of any grade level.
( Click here if you would like to see a one-page printout of all the workshop descriptions in a pdf file.)

WORKSHOP 01   Up Close with the Astronaut
NASA Astronaut, Johnson Space Center
Be inspired by an astronaut. Bring your questions of how to live and work in space, and how to become an astronaut. (Session II only.)

WORKSHOP 02   Taking the "twinkle" Out of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
Angelic Ebbers, Jeff Donahue, Gemini Observatory
Discover how lensing and telescopes work, explore why Mauna Kea is a great location for telescopes and how Adaptic Optics can remove the "twinkle" from the stars observed through Earth's atmosphere.

WORKSHOP 03   Rocks, Minerals & Magic Show
Darcy Bevens, Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
Analyze the Periodic Table of the Elements, enjoy science magic tricks involving the surface tension of water, look at rocks, minerals and fossils, and examine the astonishing variety of Hawai‘i volcanic products. Just as the molecular structure of H2O gives water its fascinating properties, the atomic structure of minerals produces amazing features.

WORKSHOP 04   HI-Nano: Hawaii's Tiniest Technology
Āhia Dye, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
The iridescent color of a butterfly's wings, the "sticky" feet of geckos and the self-cleaning property of kalo leaves are all examples of nature that motivates new technologies like stain-resistant fabrics and self-cleaning windows. Explore nano-technology in a hands-on, laboratory experience.

WORKSHOP 05   Reef Fish Dissection and Gyotaku Printing
Nakoa Goo and Etta Karth, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, NOAA
Fish play an important role in their ecosystems and are adapted to live in coral reefs. Learn about the anatomy and biology of reef fish, methods of harvesting them, negative impacts of invasive fish species, and make your own gyotaku print to take home.

WORKSHOP 06   Let's Write your Name with Galaxies
Yuko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
Galaxies consist of billions of stars and are the basic building blocks of the Universe. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Learn to classify galaxies based on their appearance and write your own names using "galaxy alphabets," irregularly shaped galaxies that look like characters, which you can take home.

WORKSHOP 07   Orientation to Flight
Todd Friel, Robert Roman, Kanela Dement, STARBASE Hawai‘i
Take the controls of a Boeing 747, Cessna 172 Skyhawk or other aircraft without having to leave the ground. Get a pilot's view of the Earth as you soar over virtual locations worldwide. Both instructors are former military pilots.

WORKSHOP 08   Marine Science Workshop
Lisa Parr, Jason Adolf, UH-Hilo Marine Science
Learn how to test water, look at live plankton under microscopes and plankton images from a Scanning Electron Microscope, and study real data from the buoys we have in Hilo and Kiholo Bays—and then use your results to make the kinds of decisions that marine biologists do on the job!

WORKSHOP 09   Squish Monsters
Ada Garcia, Kristie Lee, Richard Yamane, Simeng Qu, Ileana Argyris, Kalai Garcia, Corynne Umeda, Society of Women Engineers, UH Mānoa
Learn the basics of building simple circuits including knowing the difference between insulators and conductors. Create functioning circuits out of dough through your creativity and engineering.

WORKSHOP 10   Power of the Sun, Build Your Own Solar Boat
Virginia Aragon-Barnes, Beau Mills, Caleena Au, HELCO
Capture the energy of the Sun to power a small motor; learn how to build a basic circuit and about photovoltaic technology to create power.

WORKSHOP 11   Forensic Science
Kathy Pung, Patrick Menino, Hawai‘i Police Department
Forensic science is the application of science in law enforcement. Learn how science and technology are used in the Crime Lab and at crime scenes to help solve crimes, such as latent fingerprints using magnetic dusting powder, microprinting, presumptive color test for evidence screening.

WORKSHOP 12   Using Math and a Programmable Robot to Solve an Obstacle Course
Mei Ceria, Riley Ceria, Hi Tech Toys
Use a Push Button Programmable Robot and race it through an obstacle course. Use simple math and measurement techniques to calibrate the robot, then program it to navigate through the obstacle course.

WORKSHOP 13   Hardware Science
Roberto Lactaoen, Adrian Sales, Deen Tsuyemura, Kelvin Nishiura, Ace Hardware
Utilizing basic hardware materials to do science projects, get ahead in your class, as well as expand real world application of hardware and science.

WORKSHOP 14   Do-It-Yourself Strawberry DNA Lab
Russell Nagata, Heather Kimball, Joanne Lichty, College of Tropical Agriculture, University of Hawai‘i, Komohana Research and Extension Center
DNA is the blueprint for life. Extract DNA from strawberry fruits using common household supplies, spool the DNA around a stirring rod, and pull the DNA from the solution.

WORKSHOP 15   Kukui-osity—Energy in a Nutshell
Punawai Rice, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
The kukui nut is our state tree. Kukui also means light in Hawaiian, because it was an early source of energy. Make kukui light stems, and explore sources of light and its interaction with the atmosphere.

WORKSHOP 16   Hawaiian Herbal Medicine
Leilani Ka‘apuni
Learn about the medicinal herbs and plants used for healing by Hawaiians since ancient times. Participate in the hands-on preparation of traditional remedies still used today.

WORKSHOP 17   Science and Math in Cake Baking and Decorating
Sandy Dubczak, Hilo Culinary Arts Dept, HCC; Jairlynn Kinoshita, Justina Frias
Learn how science, temperature, and math are used in baking, how ingredients react with each other, and how that affects the outcome of baking projects.

WORKSHOP 18   Computer Guts and Gates
Ted Shaneyfelt, Department of Computer Science, UH-Hilo
Experiment with a graphical logic circuit simulator and learn about simple logic circuits that are elementary building blocks for computers.

WORKSHOP 19   Engaging Displays
Engage your minds with the displays provided by various organizations in the UH Hilo Library lanai and Campus Center plaza. Complete your Passport to the Universe.

WORKSHOP 20   Moonbots—Plan a Moon Mission with the Google Lunar X-Prize and PISCES
John Hamilton (PISCES), Chandra Gonzales, Pearl Hwang (GLXP)
Utilizing the highly popular Moonbots (from the Lego Mindstorm line), build, plan and execute examples of real Lunar Missions that will be occurring over the next two years while learning about both the science of the Moon and the goals and rules of the Google Lunar X-Prize.

Updated: February 4, 2014.