2020 Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 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.-1:15 p.m. Free interactive displays available to everyone —see the list of displays (UH-H Library Lanai, Campus Center Plaza)
7:45-8:45 a.m. Registration (UH-H Performing Arts Center Lanai)
9:00-10:00 a.m. Opening general assembly with keynote speaker, NASA Astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough [+ Read Bio] (UH-H Performing Arts Center)
10:15-11:15 a.m. Workshop Session I
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop Session II
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch (lunch provided for registered students by American Savings Bank)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Closing general assembly featuring Magician Ronald Ishimaru [+ Read Bio] and special door prizes provided by Claude Onizuka (UH-H Performing Arts Center)

Workshop Descriptions

Here are the workshop descriptions. For students in grades 3-12, 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   The Science of Taiko
Paul Sakamoto, Puna Taiko
»  Taiko drumming uses many science and technology concepts including how sound is made, drum shape and size. Try your hand at Taiko. (Session I only)

WORKSHOP 03   Hardware Science
Lisa Loo, Melani Ho, HouseMart Ace Hardware & HouseMart Ben Franklin Stores
»  No cannonballs with this cannon, just air! Create your own mini air cannon using items found in a hardware store.

WORKSHOP 04   STARBASE Flight Simulation
Kelly McVinnie, Robert Roman, STARBASE Hawai‘i
»  Fly over Hilo, through Las Vegas Strip, around the Egyptian Pyramids with experienced pilots as your guides.

WORKSHOP 05   Solving a Hilo Bay Water Quality Puzzle
Reve Tomlin, Lisa Parr, University of Hawai‘i Hilo Marine Option Program/Marine Science
»  Use the tools of an oceanographer and determine where five water samples from Hilo Bay came from, and solve the puzzle.

WORKSHOP 06   MANU ‘Imiloa (modern and ancient ways of navigating our universe)
Kalepa Baybayan, Ahia Dye, Ahlun Yung, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
»  Use a celestial compass and learn about the night time star field in the mobile planetarium and how Pacific Islanders viewed the universe.

WORKSHOP 07   Cooking as a Science
Audrey Wilson, Dean Shigeoka, AJ and Sons Catering
»  Learn how cooking is a science in the form of chemical reactions, heat transfer and/or reactions of your taste buds.

WORKSHOP 08   Paper Circuits
Candice Sarangay, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
»  Draw your own paper circuit board using your engineering and creativity with the help of LEDs and your imagination.

WORKSHOP 09   Wacky Computer Science
Jerry Brower, Information Systems Security Engineer, Gemini Observatory
»  Be your own human computer and learn basic computer science through wacky and fun hands-on activities and "magic tricks."

WORKSHOP 10   cancelled.

WORKSHOP 11   Exploring Rainbows and the Universe
Yūko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
»  Discover how light and rainbows help astronomers understand and explore the mysteries of the universe.

WORKSHOP 12   Ozobot Olympics Robot Challenge
Gayle Kamei, Waiakea Intermediate School
»  Test your STEM abilities with eco-friendly bots! Race to the finish and challenge yourself.

WORKSHOP 13   Indigenous Hawaiian Architecture
Iwikau‘ikaua Joaquin, Hawai‘i Forest Institute
»  Learn traditional Hawai‘ian lashing that the UH engineering rated it's strangth at 1700 pounds.

WORKSHOP 14   Planes, Planets and Tech
John Marrack, Civil Air Patrol
»  Create your own hot air balloon and send it soaring while learning about aviation and space.

WORKSHOP 15   Forensic Sciences: Crime Scene & Laboratory Testing
Mary Midkiff, Hawai‘i County Police Department
»  Use practice exercises to demonstrate crime scene techniques and forensic testing methods used by law enforcement.

WORKSHOP 16   Photo Identification of Whale Sharks
Travis Marcoux, Stacia Marcoux, Hawai‘i Uncharted Research Collection
»  Use photo-ID activity to match "unknown" whale sharks to whale sharks in a data base.

WORKSHOP 17   Making 3D Models with Lasers and Cameras
Ryan Perroy, Timo Sullivan, Eszter Collier, Crystal Bayasa, Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Labs, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
»  Use Lidar (Light Detection and Motion) and Structure from Motion (photogrammetry) to generate 3D models of objects.

WORKSHOP 18   X Marks the Spot: Use a Map and a Compass to Get Where You Need to Go
Dena Sedar, Hawai‘i State Parks
»  Learn the basics of reading a topographic map and how to use a compass, and test yourself with a map quest.

WORKSHOP 19   Lifestyles of the Stars
Carolyn Kaichi, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i
»  Design your favorite constellation and learn about the formation and properties of stars.

WORKSHOP 20   Sowing and Growing ‘Ōhi‘a Love
Corie Yanger, Stephanie Pasco, University of Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension Service
»  Learn how to sow ‘ōhi‘a seeds to grown them and receive an update on the Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death fungal disease.

WORKSHOP 21   Aerodynamic Planes
Danielle Young, Ke Ao Satellite Team, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
»  Build a paper airplane from a template, experiment and modify to fly your plane the farthest.

WORKSHOP 22   Dancing with Galaxies
Andrea Petric, Institute for Astronomy/CFHT/MSE
»  Develop models of galaxy components and interactions through dance.

Updated in 2020.