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Year 2006 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2006 --


- December 5, 2006 -
Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and the Diversity Committee of the NASA Academy Alumni Association are hosting a Special Informational Session about NASA Academy and other NASA internship opportunities for undergraduates from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in POST 527. Topics will include how to apply to the summer NASA Academies and an overview of space science careers. Refreshments provided.


- November 18, 2006 -
Fall Fellows and Trainees presented updates on their projects at the annual Fall Undergraduate Fellowship/Traineeship Meeting. The program was open to the public and ran from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm in POST room 723. For more information on the students and their projects please see the Fellowships web page.


- October 28, 2006 -
active students A full capacity crowd of over 400 enthusiastic students, parents, and teachers enjoyed the workshops, displays, and special presentations at this year's 5th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery. Hawaii Space Grant extends appreciation to our event co-sponsors: Punahou School and the Hawaiian Electric Company, and to our contributing organizations: the Hawaii Science Teachers Association, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Veach family, and to all the volunteers who shared their enthusiasm for science, math, and technology. The keynote speakers who energized the crowd this year were Educator Astronaut Joe Acaba and the 2006 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year Sheri Kojima. Workshop presenters came from over 20 organizations and 18 organizations sponsored displays and exhibits throughout the day. Please see the web site for more information on this event.


- October 26, 2006 -
Hawaii Space Grant was pleased to help honor Pearl City Elementary School today as they were officially welcomed by NASA at a school-wide assembly as one of 26 new NASA Explorer Schools. Pearl City joins 16 Explorer School teams in the western United States partnered in this program with NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. "We are ecstatic to be selected as Hawaii's representative to NASA's Explorer Schools program for the upcoming three school years," said Dr. Susan Hirokane, principal at Pearl City Elementary School. "With the support of this NASA grant, together with the expertise and guidance from the NASA scientists, our students will gain knowledge and inquiry skills in science, math and geography." Pearl City Elementary School has been an enthusiastic host of Space Grant's Space Exploration Science FESTivals (Families Exploring Science Together) with Art and Rene Kimura of Future Flight Hawaii.


- September 27-30, 2006 -
logo Hawaii and Idaho Space Grant Consortia were pleased to host the successful Space Grant Western Region Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 27 - 30, 2006. The focus of the meeting was Engineering Pipeline: CanSats, CubeSats, MicroSats. In addition to business meetings, attendees toured aerospace-education facilities at Windward Community College. See the meeting homepage or photos for more details.

- September 20-21, 2006 -
CanSat Space Grant Fellows Robert Allen, Thomas Pollard, Rey Tabilin, Andrew Southiphong (from Honolulu Community College) and Damion Rosbrugh (from Windward Community College) have been working for the past year with other teammates on their CanSat device and successfully competed in the 2006 ARLISS competition (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) at Black Rock, Nevada. Great work! They will be featured speakers at the upcoming Space Grant Western Region Meeting. Read more about the project in Dr. Ron Takata's article "Mission accomplished for rocket team" that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser on November 2, 2006.


- August 22, 2006 -
Hawaii BotBall is featured on NASA Educational page: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/F_Having_Ball_With_Robots.html.


- June 12, 2006 -
Four U.H. Manoa undergraduates are participating in the 2006 Space Grant Internship Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from June 12 to August 18. They are: William Ahue, Dennis Dugay, Dylan Sweeney, and Lance Yoneshige.


- April 29, 2006 -
Hawaii Space Grant Fellows and Trainees participated in the Symposium 2006: Presentation of Undergraudate Research and Creative Projects at the University of Hawaii. They joined over 70 students from the UH System. See the 2006 Symposium web page for complete listing of project abstracts.


- April 1, 2006 -
BotBall Twenty-five teams from twenty-two schools are participating this year in the 2006 Hawai'i Botball program. Hawai'i Space Grant is proud to provide funding and in kind support for the local workshop for teachers and tournament. Kick off activities began with the workshop in February and culminate April 1 with the Hawai'i regional tournament at the Hawai'i Convention Center.


- February 4, 2006 -
Top Educator award Hawai`i Space Grant's own Future Flight directors, Art and Rene Kimura, have been honored by Surfaquarium with a 2006 Top Online Educator Award. Surfaquarium is an educational site dedicated to resources and ideas by teachers for teachers. This year's honorees, who were nominated by members of the Surfaquarium community of teachers and learners, are recognized for their embrace of technology in education and their constant inspiration to others. Congratulations, Art and Rene!


- January 28, 2006 -
Onizuka Day drawing Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium was proud to cosponsor Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, an annual event in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. This year's event brought over 600 participants and 170 volunteers and guests together with special partners the Onizuka family, Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, and Astronaut Robert Curbeam for a day packed with science explorations.

Other cosponsors and contributers to the event were: American Savings Bank, The Onizuka Memorial Committee, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Space Center, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center, Future Flight Hawai`i, Hawaii Department of Education (Kau/Pahoa/Keaau Complex), with the support of the Hawai`i State Teachers Association, and the Hilo High School Science Club.

In recognition of the Challenger 20th Anniversary, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day in Hilo, and the many space science activities in Hawaii, please read: Ellison Onizuka: His Mission, Memory Live On, Honolulu Advertiser and The Legacy Lives, Honolulu Star Bulletin.


- January 24, 2006 -
Educators (Middle and High School): the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium announces summer Science Workshops for Educators [link with additional information.]


- January 19, 2006 -
Hawaii Space Grant is proud to announce the names of the undergraduate Fellows and Trainees for the Spring 2005 semester. See the Fellowships web page for details.


- January 2006 -
Hawaii Space Grant has begun preparations for Symposium 2006: Presentation of Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects to be held April 28 and 29. This event is part of the new UH Festival of Research and Creative Expression. Joining Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium as cosponsors for the Symposium are: the Honors Program of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Marine Option Program, Global Environmental Science Program, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Marine Biology Program, Biology Program, Department of English, and the Office of the Manoa Chancellor. Space Grant Fellows will be presenting their work at the symposium.


- January 2006 -
Undergraduate students are reminded that applications for summer internships are due late January/early February. See our Student Opportunities page, which has been updated with new programs.


* Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family, encompassing all the people, related or not, who come together to help achieve a better life.


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