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Congratulations to the Research Science Elective students for their hard work and accomplishments in their individual research projects. The students have been working hard since August to choose topics, conduct literature reviews, contact and meet with possible mentors who are experts in the fields of plant sciences, forensics, and water resources, develop research plans, conduct hands-on research, analyze their data, and present their findings. In the spring semester they participated in three competitions sponsored by the Hawaii Academy of Science.
In January, they were invited to give 12-minute presentations at the 2017 Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability (PS3) to students, teachers, university faculty, and leaders in industry.
In February, they shared their preliminary research at the Honolulu District Science Fair (HONSEF) and all earned promotions to the state fair in April. Brooks H. (gr. 12) was awarded Best in Category for Senior Research in Chemistry for his project, “Various Methods for Fingerprinting on Cloth Surfaces Opposing Vacuum Metal Deposition,” James S. (gr. 10) was awarded Best in Category for Senior Research in Plant Sciences for his project entitled, “Effects of Red and Blue LED Lights and Full Spectrum LED Lights on Dry Shoot Weight of Baby Bok Choy in Indoor Vertical Farms,” and Aya K. (gr. 11) was awarded the Stockhom Jr. Water Prize Regional Award and nomination to the state competition for her project, “The Elimination of Pathogens in Drinking Water through Low-Cost Methods Available in Third World Countries.”
At the 60th Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair (HSSEF), they were able to share their updated research findings with the judges as well as students and teachers visiting from schools across the state. Brooks placed 3rd overall in Senior Research in Chemistry and all three had the chance to view the research posters of other students and further explore and discuss their interests in science.