PHOTOS: Future STEM professionals, grades 6-12, compete in Science Olympiad held at UH Hilo

Science Olympiads focus on developing both interest and skills in the four STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Photos by Zoe Coffman.

Students working on project. One girl wears goggles while working and another is taking a photo with his phone.
Hawai‘i Island Regional Science Olympiad: Around 150 to 180 students, grades 6-12, in eight teams, competed in 18 different science events coordinated by researchers and scientists from across the campus and community. Click photos to enlarge.

 

The Hawai‘i Island Regional Science Olympiad was held at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Saturday. Seventy students (plus 15 coaches and teachers), grades 6 – 12, in eight teams, competed in 18 different science events coordinated by researchers and scientists from across the campus and community.

The event was coordinated by Sharon Ziegler-Chong Ho‘oululahui “Erika” Perry and staff at the Office of Research and Community Partnerships at UH Hilo.

“This is a neat opportunity for UH Hilo to showcase its engagement in STEM and with our upcoming island students,” says Ziegler-Chong.

 

Ivy Ashe at the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported on the event:

A quiet flurry of activity was underway at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center Plaza on Saturday morning. High-schoolers guided robotic arms as they moved small items around a table. Middle-schoolers paced back and forth reading highlighted notes scribbled in composition books. Crowds gathered around pegboard boxes to watch Rube Goldberg contraptions in action, cell phones set to video mode.

Eight teams from around the island competed in the Hawaii Island Regional Science Olympiad, hoping to earn one of two spots in the statewide competition, to be held on Oahu next month.

Science Olympiads focus on developing both interest and skills in the four STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Unlike science fairs, which showcase just one or two students’ efforts per project, the Olympiads spotlight an entire team.

“It’s about working together,” said Hilo Intermediate School teacher Cindy Fong, who has brought a team of students to the event since it first began six years ago. At the time it was hosted by ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. UH-Hilo has hosted for the past four years.

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Two students work together to figure out a problem on paper.

 

About the photographer: Zoe Coffman (senior, art) is a photography intern in the Office of the Chancellor.

-UH Hilo Stories.

 

Update 2/10/17: Photos via UH Hilo Office of Research and Community Relations, click to enlarge: