2011 Lacy Veach Day of Discovery
Hawai‘i Space Grant was again a proud cosponsor of the Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery held to honor this astronaut and explorer who considered Honolulu his home. Initiated in 2002 by Art and Rene Kimura (directors of Space Grant’s Future Flight Hawai’i), this day-long event for students in grades 4-12 showcased wonderful, hands-on activities in a variety of workshops, including robotics, rocketry, ocean science, and space exploration. Keynote speakers who energized the crowd this year were Nainoa Thompson (Polynesian Voyaging Society) and Zero G flight teachers Julia Segawa and Craig Segawa (Stevenson Middle School). The day ended with a rousing Science Fun Show by Chemistry wizards Dale Olive (Waiakea High School, Hilo) and Roger Kwok (Space Grant Associate Director, Leeward Community College). This event was cosponsored and supported by Hawaiian Electric Company, Punahou School, and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, the family of Lacy Veach (Diana and Abe Barcena), the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, and the Chatlos Foundation; in cooperation with the Hawai’i Science Teachers Association, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. In addition to the 19 workshops offered this year, 16 organizations sponsored displays and exhibits. Over two hundred volunteers made the day happen, and enrollment for the 600 available seats filled in just four days. The State of Hawai’i Senate presented formal certificates of recognition for this 10th anniversary year. Pictured left to right are Linda Martel and Marcia Rei Sistoso (Hawaii Space Grant), Jim Scott (President of Punahou School), and Darcy Endo-Omoto (Hawaiian Electric Company Vice President, Government and Community Affairs). Here is a news article about Veach Day from Punahou School. And we invite you to visit the Veach Day web site for more information about this event.