On Nov 14, the Lunalilo Elem school library was transformed into a sugar laboratory.
Dressed in crisp white lab coats, 2nd graders participated in a sugar-science event with their parents.
They weighed, measured, mixed, and poured sugar. They used top loading balances, vortex mixers, test tubes, graduated cylinders, and hydrometers to understand properties of solutions and to see just how much sugar they consume in their favorite drink.
They discovered a bottle of apple juice contains more sugar than a can of cola.
Read the nutrition facts label and make wise & healthy choices.
Forensics Science students, Dr David Carter, Director, and Dr Carlos Gutierrez with Forensics Science at Chaminade University and I Am a Scientist visited Ali`iolani Elementary School for their Family Science Night on 9 November. Well-attended, lot’s of energy!
Girl Scouts of Hawaii hosted their annual Girl Scout STEM Fest at the Pacific Aviation Museum. STEM Fest offers a diverse opportunity for Scouts to experience scientific exploration and meet female professionals in the STEM field.
Chaminade University’s IAS program brought real scientists, Dr. Katelynn Perrault, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science, a Medicolegal Death Investigator with the Hawaii Medical Examiner’s office, and a research scientist at Chaminade University, along with their equipment, to let Scouts experience how much fun it is to learn and work in a research lab. The equipment we use everyday help us do our job, but it’s also super cool and amazing, and we wanted the Scouts to experience that.
Scouts learnt about chemistry, density, solubility, physics, and math all while having fun. They used top loading balances, graduated cylinders, pipettors & serological pipets, micro-pipettors & pipet tips, centrifuge tubes, vortex mixers and a centrifuge. To experience the wonders of science using real scientific equipment with real scientists was fun and enlightening for the Scouts.
Chaminade science students shared their passion for learning with the younger generation at the Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery at Punahou School.
Ho’oulu scholars helped participants use Forensic Science techniques that they might see being used on TV or in movies. Participants made their own 10 print finger print card and learnt about finger print analysis and discovered how each finger print is unique. They also dusted and lifted latent finger prints from everyday objects to see how we leave our “prints” on everything we touch.
Environmental Studies students hosted two Ecology workshops. Participants learnt about the Ecology, Biology and Conservation of Hawaii’s Anchialine ponds. They also made a sustainable brackish habitat with ‘Opae’ula. By observing and learning from keeping their ‘Opae habitat healthy, they will continue to learn about nutrient, water, and life cycles that affect their ‘Opae.
"I Am A Scientist STEM" is a mobile outreach program that shares our labs beyond the Chaminade University campus. Our services are FREE to Hawaii DOE schools. IAS STEM is part of a broader initiative by the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at Chaminade University to encourage science awareness and education in Hawaii's public schools.