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Year 2000 news stories from the Hawai`i Space Grant Ohana*|
-- News Archive for 2000 --
- December 2000 -
The National Science Teachers Association has included our activity called How Much Rock is in an Icy Moon? from our Exploring Planets in the Classroom website in their new sciLINKS internet service. NSTA created sciLINKS to connect textbooks to useful online content that is chosen through a stringent set of criteria for accuracy and effective pedagogy. We are very pleased that the sciLINKS teachers selected our activity.
- October-November 2000 -|
Hawaii Space Grant K-12 Education project, Exploring Planets in the Classroom, has received two prestigious awards for educational excellence. The Exploratorium recognized us with a "Ten Cool Sites Award" for November. In October, we earned an A+ rating from Education World for contributions "in making the web valuable for the education community." Exploring Planets in the Classroom website contains over 25 hands-on science activities for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences. The homepage also provides links to National Education Standards in Science, Math, Technology, and Geography.
- September 2000 -
Ten undergraduate students from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo campuses and Windward Community College presented talks on their Space Grant Fellowship research during the annual Fall Fellows Symposium. Fellowship mentors and Space Grant directors from the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawai`i also participated in the morning activities. The symposium gave new and continuing Fellows the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. [See annotated listing of current Undergraduate Fellowships.]
- August 2000 -|
Twenty-five educators from Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu were supported by Hawaii Space Grant to attend a NASA Educational Workshop at Dryden Flight Research Center, July 31 to August 11, 2000. Dryden's Education Office, directed by Dr. Marianne McCarthy, worked with Hawaii State Science Supervisor, Justin Mew, and Future Flight Hawaii leaders Art and Rene Kimura, to design a workshop for Hawaii's science, math, and technology teachers.
|The classroom teachers attended the workshop with school administrators and/or district officials with decision-making capabilities. According to NASA's Dr. McCarthy, helping to create a network of educators and enlisting state level support with the state superintendent's office and Department of Education can be most effective in creating positive systemic
change in math, science, and technology education statewide. The photo shows Hawaii educator Annalisa Rivera in one of the Dryden aircraft simulators.
- August 2000 -
Former Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow, Leon Geschwind, (B.S.,Environmental Science, 2000) was selected as a Research Associate to the NASA Academy in Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center from June 18 to August 25, 2000. Through a highly competitive, national application process, this summer internship program provides a unique educational opportunity to the country's top students in engineering, science, math, computer science or other areas of interest to the space and flight research programs. Leon is currently a graduate student at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, U. H. Manoa.
- July 2000 -|
Future Flight Hawaii celebrated the exploration of Mars this summer, marking its 10-year anniversary of programs dedicated to using the theme of space to catalyze interest in science, technology, and the future. Over 3,200 students, teachers, and parents have participated in the Day, Family, and Residential programs during this decade of exceptional space-themed educational programs. For more information: Future Flight Hawaii.
- April 2000 -
|McKinley High School's 2000 FIRST robotics team brought home a stunning second place victory from the 2000 NASA Ames Regional Competition, held March 30-April 1 in San Jose, California. Forty-four teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington participated this year. "Kika Mana" Team #368 McKinley members are: Tim Cayetano, Jesse Chong, Matthew Chun, Mark Deblois, Brandon Lau, Melinda Lau, Andrea Lee, Derrick Lee, Chris Orimoto, Elaine Owens, Michael Owens, and Matthew Ying.
|The team brought home the silver medal and was honored as the most photogenic robot/team and the team that traveled the farthest. The McKinley High students received expert help and encouragement from advisors: Mr. Milton Lau and Mr. Henry "Hank" Kusunoki and a team of engineers, machinists, and technicians from the Hawaiian Electric Company, Dept. of the Navy-SPAWAR, 3M Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii. Hawaii Space Grant is proud of the team's accomplishments and proud to be one of their sponsors. [McKinley FIRST robotics team]|
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest for high school students. Teaming up with engineers from businesses and universities, students get a hands-on, inside look at the engineering profession. In six intense
weeks, students and engineers work together to brainstorm, design, construct and test their "champion robot." Teams then compete in spirited, no-holds-barred tournaments complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks. Partnerships developed between schools, businesses, and universities provide an exchange of resources and talent, highlighting mutual needs, building cooperation, and exposing students to new career choices in engineering, math, and science.
[FIRST Robotics Competition Information]
- March 13-16, 2000 -
Hawai`i Space Grant welcomed NASA Astronaut, Dr. Andrew Thomas, to the islands for a series of public lectures about his experiences aboard the Space Shuttle and Mir space station. Dr. Thomas visited Kealakehe Intermediate School in Kona, Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary School in Honolulu, Waialua High School in Waialua, Kapiolani Community College, Windward Community College, and the U.H. Manoa campus.
- February 2000 -
||Art Kimura, Space Grant Program Director for Future Flight, receives enthusiastic responses from students during a recent school visit to introduce space flight and microgravity concepts. Future Flight Hawaii, a K-12 education project of the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, has begun an extensive in-school space education program for grades 2 through 7. |
|Art and Rene Kimura, Future Flight Coordinator, will visit public and private schools this spring (February through May) throughout the islands. The lively "Living in Microgravity" presentation and hands-on activities will reach about 4000 students this school year. In addition to this in-school program, Future Flight Hawaii offers summer educational programs. For more information on the tenth anniversary programs in summer 2000, please visit the Future Flight Hawaii homepage.|
- February 5, 2000 -
Seventeen undergraduate students from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo campuses, Kapiolani Community College, Maui Community College, and Windward Community College presented talks on their Space Grant Fellowship research during the annual Spring Fellows Symposium. Space Grant Trainees were also in attendance. Fellowship mentors and Space Grant directors from the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawai`i also participated in the morning activities. The symposium gave new and continuing Fellows the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. [See annotated listing of current Undergraduate Fellowships and Traineeships.]
* Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family, encompassing all the people, related or not, who come together to help achieve a better life.