Fourteen Molokai High School students and nine Molokai Middle School students advanced to the 55th annual Maui District Science and Engineering Fair being held Feb. 5-6, 2014 in Wailuku.
All these young scientists and engineers displayed their project boards in the Molokai High School library Wednesday evening to be judged and viewed at the annual science fair for MHS and MMS.
From MHS, winners were Sarah Jenkins (Hot Biology – Hawaiian Coot), Lily Jenkins (Effects of Non-Native Lettuce on Removal in Land at Puko`o Road), Shellamarie Keahi and Kilo Ka`awa Gonzales (Bioremediation Using Vetiver Grass), Cendall Manley (Lend a Helping Hand), Kea`aokahonua Davis (The Keirsey Temperaments: Type Distribution of Teachers), Giesha Nunez (Innocence to Adolescences: Drug Impulse Growth), Erik Svetin (The Effect of an Additional Stitch on a Baseball’s Movement), Dathan Decker-Lee Bicoy (Soak up the Sun), Sabrina Curtis (Rooting For a Cleaner Environment: Vetiver Grass vs. Lemongrass), Edel Mae Alvarez and Edel Mark Alvarez (Okra vs. Aloe Vera), Caulin Angelsea-Nelson and Luke Kikukawa (Photosynthetic Pigments).
In the middle school, the nine student winners were: (eighth graders) Ilima Ka’awa-Richardson, Genevieve Kikukawa, Michelle McGuire; (seventh graders) Kodie Place, Evelyn Haase, Taye Mowat, Brayden Keanini, Kawohi Duvauchelle and Talia Nakagawa. The titles of the projects were not immediately available.
“I’m very pleased with the caliber of the work that’s coming through,” said seventh grade science teacher Jennifer Ainoa. “I’m glad I didn’t have to judge them.”
As Hawaii, and the rest of the country, places a greater emphasis on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), improvements have been seen in the quality of the science fair projects.
“These are some of the best I have ever had,” said Ainoa. “This is directly attributable to improvements in technology. As we get more money for technology the better the students’ work.”