30th National Chemistry Week at Kahala Mall

The 30th National Chemistry Week presented by the Hawaii Local Section of the American Chemical Society is being co-ordinated by Dr. Katelynn Perrault (Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences/Chemistry at Chaminade University). An interactive science day at Kahala Mall is being organized and will promote chemistry awareness in our local community.

The annual National Chemistry Week event will be on October 28th, 2017 from 9am to 3pm at Kahala Mall.

Chaminade University Forensic Sciences Club and Chaminade University Chemistry Club will both be participating to promote this year’s theme “Chemistry Rocks” with a focus on geochemistry.

24th annual Hawaii Children & Youth Day

IAS and Chaminade’s School of Nursing participated in the 24th annual Hawaii Children & Youth Day at the Capitol.

The School of Nursing offered free blood pressure monitoring and information.

The Ho’oulu Scholars helped kids and families see the amount sugar they consume in sweetened drinks. Kids read the nutrition facts label on the drink container to learn how much sugar the drink contained. Then they weighed the amount of sugar into a cup so they could see how much sugar they would consume. It was an eye opening experience for kids and parents.

Blanche Pope Elementary School

6th graders from Blanche Pope Elementary School came to Chaminade to see what it’s like to be a college student. Participating in the College For Every Student (CFES) program, they toured the campus and spent time in a science teaching lab doing a simple motor experiment.

Under the guidance of Physics students, research staff and professors, they experimented with current and electrical fields to design and build a simple motor. With each failed attempt, students learned how to modify the next design to eventually create a working motor. Success is sweet after working hard for it.

At the end of the visit, we were honored to receive an Oli Mahalo from the students. Kumu Kahoa, Chaminade’s Cultural Engagement Specialist responded back with an oli and words of gratitude.

It was a wonderful day at Chaminade University.

See Blanche Pope Elementary School gallery

Myron B. Thompson Academy 2nd & 3rd graders

On September 20th, 2nd and 3rd graders from the Myron B Thompson Academy visited Chaminade University for a campus tour and a scientific laboratory experience with research scientists.

Myron B. Academy 2nd graders
IAS staff and the 2nd grade scientists of Myron B. Academy in their lab coats!

Since it’s never too early to start thinking about college, these students toured our campus by visiting the student center, checked out the library, looked in on classrooms, met professors, and explored a research laboratory.

Myron B. Academy 3rd graders
IAS staff and the 3rd grade scientists of Myron B. Academy in their lab coats!

They also spent time in our science teaching laboratory to learn about sugar by conducting experiments. They used a scale to weigh out the amount of sugar contained in a beverage to be able to see how much sugar they consume. They discovered that dissolved sugar is not easy to see, so they used hydrometers to determine the amount of dissolved sugar in various solutions. They used scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, and stir plates to see how quickly different amounts of sugar dissolves in water. Using test tubed and a vortex mixer, they discovered that there is a limit to the amount of sugar that can be dissolved in water. They also got to spend time with real live scientists and ask us all sorts of questions.

See Myron B. Thompson Academy photo gallery

Mobile Lab Coalition in PLOS Biology — 1.2 million kids and counting

Chaminade University’s IAS is an inaugural member of the Mobile Lab Coalition, a nonprofit organization of mobile and other laboratory-based education programs built on scientist and educator collaborations, and contributed program data for the article.

Jones AL, Stapleton MK (2017) 1.2 million kids and counting—Mobile science laboratories drive student interest in STEM.  PLoS Biol 15(5): e2001692.


IAS Visits St. Mark Lutheran School in Kaneohe

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.

See St Mark Lutheran School photo gallery

IAS at Aliolani Elementary School Family Science Night

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.

GIFT Foundation benefit event for IAS!

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 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.