Category: Education

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Secondary school students have a unique opportunity to explore Hawaii’s shorelines as both an educational opportunity as well as a way to contribute to real scientific research. But these field trip opportunities begin with teachers signing up for the OPIHI program. OPIHI stands for Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal, referencing the...

Rallying to Raise Young Entrepreneurs

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association sees a lot of young people who want to change the world. But its luncheon on Thursday will focus on an even younger cross section of the next generation. After taking last month off for the Hawaii Innovation Initiative forum, the HVCA will host a...

Honolulu Science Cafe Goes Very, Very Deep

One of the world’s leading deep sea researchers will be the featured speaker at this month’s Honolulu Science Cafe. Jeffrey Drazen, a professor of oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), will speak on Tuesday about his research into the biology of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on...

12th Annual Clean Energy Fair Set for Saturday

The first Clean Energy Fair, organized by Hawaiian Electric, was held in 2004. And over a decade ago, clean energy was not nearly the hot topic it is today. Across the islands, wind was only generating about 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity back then, and we were getting less than a...

Revolution Books Finds New Home

After nearly 40 years in anti-capitalist business, the fiercely independent, counter-culture bookstore Revolution Books was running out of time. Last month, after more than a year of uncertainty, the store was informed that the lease for its second-floor space behind Puck’s Alley wasn’t being renewed. It was a space the store...

Hawaii Schools Partner with Pixar

While kids in Hawaii will have to wait until next year to see “Moana” just like everyone else, some lucky students in local public schools will get to experience Pixar animation magic right in their classrooms. The Hawaii State Department of Education, working with the state Department of Business, Economic...

Dev League Adds Coding Prep Course for Beginners

DevLeague, Hawaii’s first and only coding bootcamp, is launching an introductory offering to help would-be students ensure that they have the basic skills needed to enter and succeed in the program. DevLeague was founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs and friends Jason Sewell and Russel Cheng. Modeled after popular and successful programming...

Saturday Symposium Showcases Engineering Students

This weekend brings the fourth annual ‘IKE Scholars Symposium. Like yesterday’s “Project Imua” rocket launch, the symposium is a unified grand finale of sorts for students from several different college campuses. The Saturday morning symposium will feature the work and accomplishments of more than 90 engineering students, many wrapping up summer projects...

Rocket Shoots Student Science into the Sky

A rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this morning was carrying a scientific payload designed and built by a team of community college students from Hawaii. “Project Imua” was the culmination of an ambitious and unique collaboration among four campuses across the state. When I last wrote...

Six to Spend Year Together for Space Study

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live in a remote, high-elevation geodesic dome, work together, and have their lives monitored to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real. Well, not really. But the ongoing series of long-duration space simulation experiments conducted on the slopes...

Visiting Astronomers Spark Public Events in Honolulu

Back in June I wrote that the astronomers were coming, and their arrival in Hawaii is now imminent. The 29th triennial General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union starts on Monday, with some serious science stuffed into the two-week agenda. But while the astronomers will talk a lot of shop, the convention...

Q&A: Minecraft in Education with Gabriel Yanaghiara

Minecraft is taking over the world, the collective obsession of millions of kids around the world. But unlike most video games, its quirky, blocky virtual world inspires creativity, and is an increasingly popular tool in the classroom. Minecraft certainly rules our family room, our middle child spending hours building massive 3-D structures...

Hilo Hosts 3rd Astronomy and Engineering Summit

For the third year, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is being convened in Hilo, bringing together high school students from around the world for five days of activities, workshops, and other hands-on learning opportunities. The summit was first held in 2013, modeled after two of the worlds most prestigious science...

New Astronomy App Celebrates Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory is the launching point for a new astronomy education app that helps stargazers explore the sky from its perspective at the 14,000-foot elevation of Hawaii Island. While much attention has been focused on a telescope that has yet to be built, Maunakea is already the home of the...

Next Week Brings Business, Comedy Camps for Kids

Local improv comedy maven Kimee Balmilero is leading a pair of concurrent week-long summer camps for kids next week. In addition to another installment of Camp BizGym, dedicated to creating “kidpreneurs,” she is also launching Hawaii’s first “Comedy Camp.” Both camps are open to fifth through twelfth graders, and are a...

Workshops Launched for Drone Racing

Flying a drone to take pretty pictures is nice and all, but it doesn’t take long before quadcopter pilots want to take things to the next level. Drone racing is the Formula 1 sport for geeks, eschewing the silky smooth stability of UAV-based photography and videography for high-speed, agile flying....

Hawaiian Language Lessons

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Learn Hawaiian Online for Free

For the first time, the Distance Learning program at Kamehameha Schools is offering two introductory Hawaiian language classes online for free. And with just a little bit of homework, you can earn a couple of prizes as well. Once in danger of being lost forever, the Hawaiian language is now thriving....

Bishop Museum to Showcase NASA Mission to Pluto

A space mission more than a decade in the making will reach its target in the coming weeks, and the Bishop Museum is planning a special program to commemorate the occasion. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006, a $700 million mission to send the first spacecraft to see Pluto and its...

Community College Students Set Sights on Space

In less than two months, a scientific instrument designed and built by students from four community colleges in Hawaii will be launched into suborbital space flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. “Project Imua” saw a major test this week at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at UH Manoa, where...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Hosts Summer Education Series

A three-part educational program focused on ocean and shoreline ecosystems kicks off tomorrow at Hanauma Bay. “Te Moana Nui,” which will profile the different ocean zones around the bay, continues the spirit of World Oceans Day, which was on Monday. The events are offered by the Hanauma Bay Education Program from UH Sea Grant,...