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Year 2010 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2010 --

- December -

Happy Holidays from all of us from the HSGC and HSFL Manoa offices.


- December 2, 2010 -
We are happy to share with students the: NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative. This is NASA's official portal to apply for a variety of student internships, fellowships or scholarships.


- November 20, 2010 -
Fall Symposium for Fellows and Trainees at Honolulu CC campus
Tentative Symposium Schedule


- November 18, 2010 -
UH Engineering students win Breakthrough Innovation Challenge 2010 1st place award. 2010 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge 1st Place Winners: The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) Breakthrough Innovation Challenge for 2010 has been won by a UH student engineering team including Space Grant Master's Apprentice, Zachary Lee-Ho. Their winning idea is called FlyCopter, a tool for education and research based on a small flying multi-rotor platform. Team members are: Jeremy Chan, Elizabeth Gregory, Zachary Lee-Ho, Michael Menendez, Miguel Nunes, Reid Yamua (all also involved with the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory), and David Hummer. Photograph courtesy of PACE/UH Shidler College of Business. Visit the PACE website for more details on the award. Congratulations!


- October 18, 2010 -
Hawaii Electric Company is recognized as a 2010 Hawaii Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth. Nominated by HSGC's own Art Kimura. 2010 Hawaii Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth: Today the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) was recognized as one of twelve outstanding advocates for children and youth, an honor presented by the State of Hawaii. Nominated by HSGC's Art Kimura, HECO was instrumental in helping to establish the Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery nine years ago, an event they continue to co-sponsor annually with corporate donations, interactive displays, and hands-on workshops. Working with Art, HECO also helped initiate the Hawaii Botball Robotics program, which in seven years has grown to become the second largest event in the world among all the tournaments. Photograph courtesy of HECO. Visit the Hawaii House Blog for more details on the award. Congratulations!


- October 15, 2010 -
WCC Imaginarium, high-tech planetarium and multi-media facility. HSGC Associate Director Joseph Ciotti and Windward Community College Chancellor Douglas Dykstra are hosting a stellar grand re-opening of the Hokulani Imaginarium on campus. Guests will help celebrate the newly installed Sky-Skan Fulldome digital technology with a special showing of the new Imaginarium show "Tales of the Maya Skies." The Imaginarium was completed in 2001 and serves the community as a high-tech planetarium and multi-media facility. Visit the Hokulani Imaginarium webpage.


- October 3, 2010 -
Brushbots action. The State Capitol and surrounding areas overflowed with youthful energy during the 17th Annual Children and Youth Day. Art and Rene Kimura, HSGC Directors of Future Flight Hawaii, were invited to organize the four-hour Brushbot and VEX robotics action, one of 200 free educational activities offered during the day. Students learned how to make Brushbots from toothbrush heads and miniature vibrating motors and were invited to compete in speed races and the robotics sumo tournament. Participants were also treated to a VEX robot demonstration and hands-on practice driving the robots to try to score points. This activity was co-sponsored by Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, Radford High School Robotics Club, Kalani High School Robotics Club, U.H. College of Engineering, and the Friends of Hawaii Robotics. See the article by Nancy Arcayna in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.


- September, 2010 -
The Windward Community College CanSat team placed 2nd in the 2010 ARLISS rocket competition held in Black Rock, Nevada Sept. 12-17. Student team members involved in the high-powered rocketry and payload probe design and construction were Joleen Iwaniec, Patrick Lancaster, and Jasmine Maru.


- September, 2010 -
Brushbots FESTival. Space Explorers Brushbot FESTivals are coming to schools near you! Presented by Art and Rene Kimura, and Future Flight Hawai'i, these HSGC-sponsored free evening programs are being offered to island schools for students in grades 2-8 and their parents. The popular programs include science demonstrations, hands-on activities, and Brushbot competitions. See the FESTival Information Flyer, and watch the Slide Show (QuickTime .mov file) from the event held this month at Kapolei Elementary School.


- August, 2010 -
The start of the new academic year also launches a new semester of HSGC undergraduate fellows. See the Fall 2010 list of Fellows.


- August 7, 2010 -
KCC model rocket with CanSat launches from PMRF; August 2010. Six Kauai Community College summer interns launched a model rocket containing their CanSat payload as a culmination to their internships. See the Aug. 9, 2010 article in the Garden Island for more about the students and the lift off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility.


- July 27, 2010 -
NASA Digital Learning Network's Upcoming Events at NASA Centers
The Digital Learning Network announces the Summer of Innovations Webcasts 2010. See the flyer for details [pdf].


- June 2010 -
Future Flight Hawaii Future Flight Hawai‘i is celebrating 20 years of exploration -- reaching over 8,500 student and parent participants. Senator Norman Sakamoto attended the Family Exploration Program's graduation ceremony this year and presented a certificate of recognition to Future Flight Hawai‘i from the State Senate. A certificate of recognition from Governor Lingle's office also marked this special occasion. This month's Family Exploration Program featured a Mission to the Blue Planet and the creative team is already planning next summer's International Mission to Mars program. Visit Future Flight Hawaii.
Scenes from FFH June, 2010


- June 25, 2010 -
Stewart Burley, Kauai Stewart Burley, the Hawai‘i Space Grant Kaua‘i Associate Director and Industry Affiliate, is in the news. In June, Burley participated in model-rocket launches at the U. S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua‘i during a visit by young people in the Young Presidents Organization. Also at the event were undergraduate summer interns from the Kaua‘i Community College electronics department. See the article in the Garden Island. Burley was honored in May, 2010 as one of two Outstanding Older Americans during the 44th annual Kaua‘i Older American Award Recognition ceremony. All the nominees were recognized for their generous and unfaltering volunteerism on the island. See the article in The Garden Island. Photo courtesy of Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island.


- June 15, 2010 -
NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients
NASA has awarded $16.8 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to the agency's mission. The selections, 24 in total including the University of Hawaii, are part of NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to the states' economic viability and development. EPSCoR assists in developing partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry. The winning Hawaii 2010 EPSCoR award for "Development of an Open-Architecture Mission Operations System to Support Multiple Small Spacecraft Missions" is led by Principal Investigator, Luke Flynn (Hawaii Space Grant Director and Hawaii Space Flight Lab Director), and Co-Investigator/Science, Trevor Sorensen (Hawaii Space Flight Lab spacecraft project manager and operations lead). [pdf of project summary].


- May 7, 2010 -
Reece Iwami, UH Manoa EE graduate student Reece Iwami, a former Hawai‘i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow (Spring and Fall 2008, Spring 2009), and now an Electrical Engineering graduate student at U. H. Manoa will receive a graduate fellowship from the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The fellowship is an internationally competitive award whose recipients are selected on the basis of a research proposal and academic potential. Iwami's research involves the development of autonomous, self-steering antenna arrays for emerging satellite technologies for reconnaissance and crisis management applications. He currently directs a team of 12 students on a $400,000 extramurally funded project adapting these antennas for nanosatellites. Read more at the U.H. Manoa Newsroom. Congratulations!


Hawaii Board of Education honors Art and Rene Kimura, May 2010.
-May 6, 2010 -
Recognition of Rene and Art Kimura for Their Contributions to Public Education
The State of Hawai‘i Board of Education today presented Art and Rene Kimura (pictured, center) with a special certificate of recognition for their leadership in, and enduring commitment to, space, robotics, and science education.

Twenty years ago, Art and Rene Kimura created Future Flight Hawai‘i, a space-themed educational program, while Art (former teacher and school administrator) was assigned to the Office of Space Industries, part of the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. When that office was closed in 2002, the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium adopted Future Flight Hawaii as the centerpiece of its K-12 educational programs where it continues to grow and touch the lives of so many. With their ongoing affiliation with Hawai‘i Space Grant, the Kimuras have created a whole host of educational and public outreach activities that have already reached an estimated 150,000 students, their parents, and teachers.

The Kimuras' work includes K-12 educational programs, science nights, courses for teachers, grants, and participation in local, national, and international engineering educational programs. (For a sampling of programs visit Future Flight Hawai‘i, Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Day, Astronaut Lacy Veach Day, Robotics in Hawai‘i.)

Robotics has become a core theme in the State's initiatives to provide Hawai‘i students with world-class analytical and problem-solving skills developed through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Art and Rene Kimura have been instrumental in bringing robotics to our schools. They have received many honors for their tireless work in bringing these innovative educational opportunities to the State's students, including recognition by Governor Linda Lingle who, in her 2008 State of the State Address, called Art Kimura the father of Hawai‘i robotics.

Additional background on the Kimuras' work with Hawai‘i Space Grant can be found in the cover story from the 2008 issue of Nā Huaka‘i, our Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium newsletter.

With warmest aloha, we congratulate you!


- April 24, 2010 -
Spring Fellowship & Traineeship Meeting
Undergraduate students from U. H. campuses presented talks and posters on their Space Grant Fellowships and Traineeships on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at U. H. Mānoa, in POST 703/723. Rooms opened at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also attending were mentors, Space Grant directors from the Big Island, Kauai, Oahu, and Maui, and the public. The meeting gave new and continuing Fellows and Trainees the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. Here is the Meeting Schedule with names of presenters and titles of talks and posters.


- April 17-18, 2010 -
WCC USLI rocket Windward Community College students Premitivo (Premo) Ames II, Joleen Iwaniec, Todd Esposito, and Patrick Lancaster took their rocket to the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition. The Windward CC's USLI project is funded by Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. Read the April 15 WCC news release that was spotlighted on the WCC website homepage and see the students' USLI website. Photo courtesy of WCC USLI project team.


-April 13, 2010 -
NASA NASA Partners with Hawai‘i on Space Exploration, Science
During a ceremony today at the state capitol in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle and NASA's Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden signed a three-year non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement establishing a partnership for small satellite development, advanced aviation, space exploration, education, and science. Hawai‘i Space Grant stands prominently as an flourishing NASA program. The first annex of the Space Act Agreement provides for small satellite development with the Hawai‘i Space Flight Lab. Read the full press release from NASA, the press release from the Hawai‘i Governor's Office, and news articles in the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser.

- March 25-27, 2010 -
FIRST robots in competition in Hawaii.
Congratulations to all the 28 high school teams who participated in the Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Challenge this weekend at the Stan Sheriff Center on the U. H. Mānoa campus. An unprecedented seven Hawai‘i teams are now going on to the international FIRST Championships in Atlanta in April: Waialua, McKinley, Sacred Hearts Academy, The Kauai Island Schools, Campbell, Kalani, and our lone rookie this year, Kau. Congratulations to Glenn Lee, robotics teacher and coach at Waialua High School, for receiving the well-deserved Woodie Flowers Award that best represents the excellence of the outstanding mentors who work tirelessly with Hawai‘i teams. Congratulations to Danny Cook of BAE Systems for receiving the Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of his commitment to STEM education. Find out more about the local event in the Governor's News Release from Governor Lingle's office and in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 28th article, and at the event website: FIRST in Hawai‘i from the Robotics Organizing Committee.

To read more about the impact of robotics programs in Hawai‘i, we invite you to read a couple of wonderful articles. The George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia website has a feature article: "Robotics Programs Thrive in Hawai‘i Schools." An article also appeared in Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou in-flight magazine: "Kicking Bot." Space Grant salutes all the teachers, mentors, sponsors, and volunteers who help make these opportunities available to Hawai‘i students.


- March 5, 2010 -
Christina King, Hawai‘i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow (Spring and Fall 2009), has been selected to present one of 13 talks at the 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas in the session designated "Mars: Timing of Recent and Older Geologic Processes." Christina's presentation, titled "Martian Slope Streaks Form Sporadically Throughout the Year," is based on the Fellowship research she did with her mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy. Originally an Art major, Christina is now an undergraduate student in the U.H. Department of Physics and Astronomy. Christina received travel money from Hawai‘i Space Grant for this trip to the conference, which has gained the reputation of being the premiere gathering place for planetary scientists from around the world. Read Christina's abstract here.


- February, 2010 -
View of Astronaut Robert Behnken in the cupola onboard ISS. February 2010. A dedication to Astronaut Lacy Veach
The new Tranquility node on the International Space Station has a cupola, a 6.5-by-5-foot, dome-shaped extension made of seven windows. This is the largest and most complex window assembly ever launched into space and is installed in an Earth-facing port. The cupola will be used by the ISS crew to operate the Station's robot arm, monitor dockings of incoming craft, help out during spacewalks, and make scientific observations. The cupola provides a unique vantage point for observing Earth and for instruments devoted to studying atmospheric phenomena affecting climate change. It also has an important function as a panoramic relaxation area: one of the most enjoyable experiences aboard the Station is looking down at Earth or up at the stars. During the ribbon cutting ceremony onboard the ISS in February, 2010, the opening of the cupola was dedicated to Astronaut Lacy Veach who was a driving force in the early development of the cupola. And it was the last project he worked on before he died of cancer in 1995. A photograph of Astronaut Lacy Veach and a Moon rock from the Apollo 11 sample collection are on permanent display inside the cupola. Learn more about the annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery in Honolulu. Watch a video of the ribbon cutting ceremony from NASAtelevision.


- February, 2010 -
Download the Newsletter Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium released its most recent newsletter. Nā Huaka‘i translates to The Voyages. Read it here. Copies are also available in the Space Grant offices.


- January 23, 2010 -
Onizuka Day drawing Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is proud to again cosponsor Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, an annual event in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. The event's other cosponsors are the 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, and Future Flight Hawai‘i, together with the support of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association, the Waiakea High School Key Club, and the Zonta Club of Hilo. This is the 10th anniversary of the Astronaut Onizuka Science Day and the 25th anniversary of Ellison Onizuka's first flight into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS 51-C, which launched on January 24, 1985. This is also an official 2010 Earth Day event. The day featured 26 workshops, 19 displays, a special keynote address by Astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher (pictured below on the left), and an afternoon Science is Fun show by award-winning teacher, Dale Olive of Waiakea High School (pictured below on the right). Photos by L. Martel, Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. Read more about it in Sanoe Kauhane's article in the Big Island Weekly.
Mr. Dale Olive at the 2010 Onizuka Day in Hilo, Hawaii.


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