2017 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

Saturday, January 28, 2017
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)
9:20-10:30 a.m. Opening general assembly with keynote speaker NASA Astronaut (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
2:00-3:00 p.m. Closing general assembly featuring special guest, Bumblebee, and the TMT VEX IQ Robotics Tournament Finals, and the Diffraction of Light 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   Computer Science without Computers
Jerry Brower, Christine Copes, Gemini Observatory
»  Explore computer science and how it is used to get the information from the telescopes to the rest of the world. Learn Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression in a zany and interactive way.

WORKSHOP 03   Forensic Science
Brian Koge, Hawai‘i Police Department
»  Physical and chemical properties of matter help solve crimes.

WORKSHOP 04   Travel to Mars!
Punawai Rice, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
»  Take a virtual trip to the planet Mars. We'll be stopping off on the Moon and perhaps even on an asteroid as we stock up on all the things we need to survive in outer space.

WORKSHOP 05   Orientation to Flight
Todd Friel, Robert Roman, Diana Kelley, Dennis Taniguchi, Hallie Adolf, 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 06   Solving a Hilo Bay Water Puzzler
Lisa Parr, Jason Adolph, UH Hilo Marine Option Program/Marine Science
»  Use tools of Oceanographers and test water samples to help solve a puzzle about Hilo bay.

WORKSHOP 07   litteBits Mini-bot Racer Challenge
Ginette Alipio, Rowan Drowns, Bree Turner, Andrew Turner, Little Oha Bitty Bytes
»  Design a littleBits Inchworm mini-bot, and engineer your mini-bot to race with other teams in a final inchworm race. Ideas to invent anything you can imagine with littleBits.

WORKSHOP 08   Finding Waldo the Alien
Jessica Stasik, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i
»  In a universe with billions of galaxies, each with countless suns and planets, why is it that we aren't surrounded by aliens like we see in movies?

WORKSHOP 09   Powering the Big Island
Kenyan Beals, Hawai‘i Electric Light
»  Participate in a hands-on activity related to how energy is made and transferred.

WORKSHOP 10   Strawberry DNA Extraction
Susan Miyasaka, Russell Nagata, Joanne Lichty, Mike Shintaku Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Hawai‘i
»  Learn about the molecule that encodes genetic information in living cells and how to extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from strawberries.

WORKSHOP 11   Using Everyday Hardware Items to Conduct Simple Science Experiments
Carrera Catugal, Jon Miyata, Adrian Sales, Ace Hardware Hawaii (HouseMart. Inc.)
»  Science plays a role in everything that happens around us every day. "Think like scientists" not only inside, but outside the classroom as well. Find all your science project needs in a hardware store.

WORKSHOP 12   Paper Circuits
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
»  Create paper circuits to create art using LED lights and copper tape! Make a light-up greeting card, or a simple drawing.

WORKSHOP 13   Blooming Spices
Audrey Wilson, Dean Shigeoka, AJ and Sons Catering
»  Spices need to be heated to bring out their flavors, as the flavors come from the aroma from the volatile molecules. Smell wonderful aromas from the spices when we make Indian curry.

WORKSHOP 14   Turtle Science
James Juvik, Turtle Conservancy
»  Examine live turtles to understand their roles in the global environment. Learn how turtles which have been here for millions of years have successfully adapted to survive.

WORKSHOP 15   Feeling-ology
Kate DeSoto, LCSW Mental Health, Dana De Soto, HCC
»  Explore the science of emotion through interactive activities and games.

WORKSHOP 16   The EYE: Seeing and Perceptions
Ahia Dye, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
»  Why is the sky blue? How do your eyes see? How do our eyes and our brain communicate?

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

WORKSHOP 18   Exploring Rainbows and the Universe
Yuko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
»  Discover how light and rainbows help astronomers understand and explore the mysteries of the universe; make a spectrometer, a device used by astronomers to analyze light from stars and galaxies.

WORKSHOP 19   Racing Brushbots
Gayle Kamei, Waiakea Intermediate School PRIME team
»  Build and race your own Brushbot, made from a toothbrush and a cell phone vibrating motor. Receive other tools to do science demonstrations with friends and family.

WORKSHOP 20   Healthy Kids Club
Julia Zee, UH Mānoa Cooperative Extension Service
»  Learn how food keeps us healthy and how to keep food safe to eat.

WORKSHOP 21   Engaging Displays
»  Engage your minds with the many interactive displays provided by various organizations in the UH Hilo library lanai and Campus Center Plaza.


Updated February 1, 2017.