The Hawaii Science and Technology Museum and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division Co-Hosted our first joint Student Science Conference during the AAAS annual meeting on June 20, 2017 in Waimea, Hawaii. It was a unique opportunity for students to come showcase their work and get feedback and support from scientists, field experts, and the general public. HSTM supports a variety of student research and promotes opportunities for students to showcase their work within the community.
The Hawaii Science and Technology Museum also hosts the annual Dr. Richard Crowe Invitational Science Fair. This past year it was held at the Mauna Lani Resort on Saturday, September 17, 2016 during Hawaii Con. One student from each high school around the Big Island was invited to compete in this year’s science competition. Taking first place in the Physical Sciences Division Keaau High School junior Allan Simeon presented his project on detecting exoplanetary transits using 1 meter and 0.4 meter LCOGT Networks to determine the minimum magnification required to record such transits. Hilo High School senior Moana Pinner took first place in the Life Sciences Division and Best Overall for her project Investigating the SPF, Anti-Oxident and Anti Cancer Potential of Organic Tumeric and Ginger Combinations on HTB67 and HTB69 Melanoma Cancer Cells. Both students went on to compete at the District Science Fair on Oahu and won numerous awards. The Dr. Richard Crowe Invitational Science Fair is held to honor the legacy of the always energetic and exuberant STEM educator Professor Crowe who passed away in 2012.