On Sunday, October 1st, I Am a Scientist and the Chaminade University of Honolulu School of Nursing will be participating in the Children and Youth Day (link) providing hands-on activities for the keiki.
This past August, our research staff and volunteers visited St. Mark Lutheran School in Kaneohe, HI. The 4th grade class compared the nutritional content of traditional Hawaiian foods to that of their modern diet. (IAS Modules Food chemistry and Hawaiian Traditional Knowledge)
Students took samples from their lunch and mashed it up with water using a mortar and pestle. Then they prepared several test tubes with a small amount of their liquid food sample. They used several chemical tests that produced a color change to detect if their food contained starch, sugar, protein and fat. For example fats will stain bright red, if there is no sugar it will turn blue, it there is sugar it will turn orange.
Traditional Hawaiian food items were also tested in the same way. The students made comparisons and determined the traditional food items were a lot healthier.
Check out this wonderful video that the first graders at Ka`ahumanu Elementary School made about their experience with a visit from Chaminade University’s I Am A Scientist
On September 7th, the I Am a Scientist program visited Aliiolani Elementary School for their Family Science Night. Students were transformed into scientists as they put on their very own lab coat. With help from Chaminade University’s Science undergraduate students, instructors, research staff & alumni, students and parents got to use real research equipment (microscopes, balances, vortex mixers, test tubes, pipets, graduated cylinders, hydrometers, and beakers) to have fun learning about sugar and nutrition.
By reading the nutrition facts label and weighing out the amount of sugar, students and parents discovered how much sugar they consume when drinking sweetened drinks.
They discovered its not easy to see dissolved sugar. Using a hydrometer they were able to tell plain water apart from sweetened liquid.
Students made a super saturated solution of sugar to understand how sugar dissolves in water. No mater how long they mixed the solution, it would not dissolve.
Students used microscopes to look at different forms of sugar.
To learn about density, they made a sugar gradient by layering different sugar solutions on top of the other. The liquid with less sugar is less dense than the others and will float on top.
We have photos from the event. Click her and enter your event’s password at the prompt.
Chaminade University of Honolulu’s I am a Scientist Mobile STEM Outreach Program is one of three local non-profit organizations selected by the Gift Foundation of Hawaii to receive proceeds from an exclusive annual charity event. This year’s event theme is “Miami Vices & Vixens,” to be held on Saturday, October 21st at The Modern Honolulu.
In addition to IAS STEM, the benefit is for two other wonderful and impactful organizations serving Hawaii’s keiki
- The Alliance for Drama Education (link)
- HUGS for Hawaii’s Seriously Ill Children & Their Families (link)
For more information about the GIFT Foundation or the event, please visit http://giftfoundationofhawaii.org
“I am a Scientist” participated in the Hawaii DOE, Honolulu District STEM Exposition. Where an estimated 6,000 Elementary and Middle School students participated over 5 days at Kaimuki High School.
CUH alumni Caitlyn Tobita, Ho`oulu Scholar Hulali Kinilau, and CUH Professor Dr. Chrystie Naeole, helped students conduct experiments to understand the properties of density and why its easier to float in the ocean than in freshwater. Students also used micro pipettors to learn the density of different liquids.
Freshman Lina Tiaseu and Dr. Edna Monroe, Professor and Chief Nurse Administrator of the School of Nursing brought tools of their profession for students to use and learn about health and science.
Students were eager to use the stethoscopes, pulse oximeters and blood pressure cuffs to learn about their health and wellness.
IAS will host a workshop at 2017 Lacy Veach Day of Discovery
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00 am – 2:45 pm
at Punahou School
Their web site is now open and accepting registrations
WORKSHOP 2017_14 Hawai‘i’s Anchialine Pools and the Opae‘ula
Lori Shimoda, Environmental Studies, Chaminade University
» Hawai‘i’s anchialine pools are unique fragile environments. Make an Opae‘ula micro-habitat to learn the complexities of a sustainable ecosystem.
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