This Furlough Friday: Free Science Event for 6th-8th Graders
Honolulu, HI Over 160 students will take on a full-day of science
and technology lessons on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Sci-Tech Day is being held at three regional centers for
registered 6th through 8th graders. Instructors for the day are local
science and technology professionals who will focus on science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Sci-Tech Day centers are Honolulu Community College (HCC), Leeward
Community College (LCC), and Windward Community College (WCC). Each
regional center will have a unique lesson plan.
Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Institute President and CEO
Keiki-Pua Dancil, Ph.D. said, "Science and Technology is a growing
industry and this is a chance for students to get hands-on experience
from the experts, while also learning STEM curricula."
Studies have shown that curricula incorporating hands-on,
project-based, inquiry-led instruction have been successful in
fostering student retention in science, technology, engineering,
mathematics (STEM); particularly in secondary level students (i.e.
grades 6th through 8th).
Sci-Tech Day registration was held on April 3, 2010. There are still
slots available at the HCC and LCC sites. Information and
applications for Sci-Tech Day are available on-line at
The cost for this full day of ultimate learning is FREE and lunch is
included. Bento lunches for the students are being donated by L&L
Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn.
A variety of science and technology professionals are donating their
time in teaching the courses. Each classroom will be supervised by
"We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who are
helping to make Sci-Tech possible," said Dr. Dancil. "It really is a
collaborative community effort. Everyone understands the value of
education for our keiki; they are our future."
The regional sites will be covering:
Engineering/Product Development/Application Research
Software Development/Digital Media
Students at WCC will still learn during their lunch break. That's because
Williams Aerospace will demonstrate its Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicles
and explain how its become critical in our defense system.
One course at HCC will teach students how to extract DNA from a
banana. At LCC, students will learn about polymers and make magic mud
and silly putty.
Sponsors of Sci-Tech Day include Hawaii Science and Technology Council
and Institute, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College,
Honolulu Community College, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn,
Hawaii National Bank, Ham Produce, Women in Technology, Alaka'ina
Foundation, Shee Atika Technologies, LLC., Wall-to-Wall Studios Inc.,
and Go! Mokulele Airlines.