Mililani Sophomores Win First Place in Central District Science Fair

Shiroma-Tsou Mililani

Lindsay Shiroma and Cindy Tsou

Cindy Tsou and Lindsay Shiroma, sophomores at Mililani High School, won top honors at the Central District Science Fair held at Honolulu Community College this year. In May 2017, they will present their project entitled, “The Effect of Nutrient Limitation on Algal Biomass Production” at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. These students designed a photo-bioreactor system that provided algae with carbon dioxide, oxygen and aquarium growth lights for an optimal growth environment for the algae. It’s no wonder that these young women placed first when you consider that their research is normally too complex to conduct for a science fair project. As Lindsay tells it

Some of the questions we researched were what nutrients we should use and what concentrations we should use, what kind of algae should we conduct this experiment on, what steps should we take for the analysis, and how could our project help the earth.

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Woody Plaut Creates Debate Class at Konawaena Intermediate

Debate course

Debate course at Konawaena Intermediate

Enterprising and creative are two adjectives that define Woody Plaut, National Board certified librarian at Konawaena Intermediate. Woody recognized the need for more course electives that inspired critical thinking in his middle school students at Konawaena. Two years ago, this prompted him to create and teach a course in debate. To his knowledge, this is the first public middle school program of its kind in the state.

His debate classes meet during periods 2 and 4 in a six-period block schedule. This means that Woody works with the students three or four times in a full week. The 7th graders meet in a semester class while the 8th graders meet in quarter classes as well as a semester class.
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