2016 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

Saturday, January 30, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
at the University of Hawai‘i – Hilo

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Registration Form

Saturday's Schedule and Descriptions of the Workshops
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Free interactive displays available for viewing —see the list of interactive displays (UH-H Library Lanai, Campus Center Plaza)
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 Mike Fincke [+ Read 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 Finals and 3D Chromadepth Extravaganza (UH-H Performing Arts Center)

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   Marine Science Amazing Race
Lisa Parr, Marine Option Program, Marine Science Department, UH-Hilo
»  Come try your hand at an Amazing Race — Marine Science Style! Use a compass and GPS and other science tools to race to locations to collect and analyze data— but you'll have to figure out clues to do it. The challenges are all new this year. Wear sneakers for running, and come ready to race!

WORKSHOP 03   Orientation to Flight
Todd Friel, Robert Roman, Craig Herman, Dennis Taniguchi, and Hallie Adolph, STARBASE Hawai‘i
»  Experience the exhilaration of flight using Microsoft Flight Simulator. Take the controls of a Boeing 747, Cessna 172 Skyhawk or other aircraft available and get a pilot's eye view of the Earth. Read flight instruments and learn the Four Forces of Flight.

WORKSHOP 04   Computer Guts and Gates
Ted Shaneyfelt, Anthony Lin, and Joel Cook, Department of Computer Science, UH-Hilo
»  Learn about how computers work through hands-on logic gate simulation and programming turtle graphics.

WORKSHOP 05   Reef Fish Dissection and Gyotaku Printing
Nakoa Goo, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
»  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   Science of the Eye (with cow eye dissection)
Neal Atebara, MD, FACS, Hawai‘i Academy of Science, Queens Medical Center, University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine, Retina Center of Hawai‘i
»  Human eyes are marvels of complexity and beauty. Without them, ancient Polynesians could not have navigated the vast Pacific by starlight–without them, today's astronauts could not explore space. Learn the intricacies of how the human eye works and dissect a cow eye and study its anatomy.

WORKSHOP 07   Two Pieces of Glass for your Space Exploration
Saeko Hayashi, Subaru Telescope
»  Using two lenses, experiment with the basic function of optics, and make your own telescope. Practice how to get a good focus and enjoy looking at stars on your own with your own telescope!

WORKSHOP 08   Cooking is a Science
Audrey Wilson and Dean Shigeoka, AJ and Sons Catering
»  Chemical reactions produce various results in cooking...food samples!

WORKSHOP 09   Forensic Science—Solving Crimes with Science
Kathy Pung, Hawai‘i Police Department Crime Lab
»  Physical and chemical properties of matter help solve crimes.

WORKSHOP 10   Squishy Circuits
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), UH Mānoa
»  Circuits are usually thought of involving bundles of wires, but here we'll create circuits from squishy dough. Discover how to construct a circuit and make a light glow without wires. Use your creativity with the dough, battery, a few lights, and science.

WORKSHOP 11   Hardware Science by Ace Hardware Hawai‘i
Kelvin Nishiura, Jonathan Payao, Joel Lactoen, Adrian Sales, and Robert Lactoen, Ace Hardware Hawaii (HouseMart. Inc.)
»  Teaching kids awareness that science (particularly physics and chemistry) play a role in everything that happens around them every day. Can they "think like scientists" not only inside, but outside the classroom as well? You'll find all your science project needs in a hardware store.

WORKSHOP 12   Make your own Universe!
Yuko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
»  Planets, stars, galaxies...the night sky is filled with beautiful objects. Learn about various kinds of astronomical objects and their distances from us, then make your own Universe using astronomical images using your new knowledge and creativity.

WORKSHOP 13   Cosmic Distances and Time Travel
Andreea Petric, Gemini Telescope
»  Cosmic distances are unfathomably large and the worlds we probe with astronomical observations are far in time and space. Develop your understanding of distance scales in the universe through play with play dough and toilet paper.

WORKSHOP 14   Power of the Sun, Build your own Solar Boat
Kenyan Beals, Hawai‘i Electric Light Company
»  Capture the energy of the sun to power a small motor; learn how to build a basic circuit and learn about photovoltaic technology to create power.

WORKSHOP 15   Make Yourself a Star
Carolyn Kaichi, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i
»  Learn about the different types of stars and how their properties affect their stellar lives, and eventual death. Build a model of a pulsar to demonstrate one of the ways astronomers detect these mysterious objects in the universe.

WORKSHOP 16   Global Treasure Hunt
Punawai Rice, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
»  Learn how the Earth is mapped, using latitude and longitude as coordinates. Each location will have a treasure!

WORKSHOP 17   Looking at Hawai‘i with a View from Space
Amber Imai-Hong, HawaiiView, HIGP and Linda Martel, HIGP/UH Mānoa
»  Be the eyes of a satellite as a Landsat analyst and engineer in this challenge to learn why we look at Earth from space, how satellite images are made, Earth science of Hawai‘i, and how to track changes to our landscape over time.

WORKSHOP 18   Way of the Wayfinder
Celeste Manuia Ha‘o and ‘Āhia Dye, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
»  Guided by the waves, winds, birds, stars and Ka Hōkū Pānānā, the Hawaiian Star Compass, learn how apprentice navigator aboard Hōkūle‘a, Celeste Manuia Ha‘o, navigates the open ocean using the knowledge of her Polynesian ancestors. Then use this knowledge to set course and direction for you and your crew as you compete against others on a quest to find new lands.

WORKSHOP 19   Engaging Displays
»  Engage your minds with the many interactive displays provided by various organizations in the UH-Hilo Library Lanai and Campus Center Plaza during a less crowded time. (Session I only.)

WORKSHOP 20   Planetary Rover, Helelani
Rodrigo Romo and John Hamilton, PISCES
»  Be part of a team to plan and execute a simulated Lunar or Mars mission by driving the Helelani rover.


Posted December 1, 2015. Updated February 1, 2016.