When Amber Kim, a senior at McKinley High School, attended a physics workshop at UH Manoa, she heard about a substance called graphene that sparked her curiosity and inspired her to undertake a senior project. She conducted extensive research on the substance and learned that graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon, which is a single, tightly packed layer of carbon atoms that is bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. She was drawn to its amazing properties: graphene is the thinnest compound known to man at one atom thick, the lightest material, the best conductor of heat at room temperature, and also the best conductor of electricity known. As the lightest and strongest material and with its ability to conduct heat and electricity, this substance has the potential of being integrated into an amazing number of applications. Such applications include wireless standards, sensory and biological applications, military equipment, and energy storage. Continue reading
Kalani High School’s Robotics Team, “Team Magma,” walked away with 8 of 16 awards recognizing high school girls for their expertise and aspirations in computing and technology at a special awards luncheon on March 14, 2016. The ceremony was jointly sponsored by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and the UH Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) on the Manoa campus.Continue reading
Writing has been a consuming passion for Soleil de Zwart, a senior at King Kekaulike High School. It was only natural that she decided to author a novel for her senior project. The book entitled Aletheia is a fantasy based on magical realism. Soleil has been writing since the age of 9 and has already written three other novels–two fantasy and one historical fiction fantasy. Given the crunch of time to meet the deadlines for senior projects, she chose to self publish the work on the Web. She provided the following blurb about the book: Continue reading
Kyle Chan’s interest in robotics, which began in his middle school days, has been the driving force behind his passion for engineering and programming. The McKinley senior undertook a STEM-intense extracurricular program for his senior research. He created a shape identification program and ran it on a handheld Beaglebone Black processor. His program captures an image using a USB camera attached to the processor, filters out unnecessary data, and classifies whatever shapes remain. Shape identification programs are widely utilized in various industries. Complex versions include facial recognition for security applications and fabrication of parts for computer-aided design applications. According to Kyle, the possibilities for this type of software are endless.
A team of students from Kalani High undertook a fascinating study of the Gale Crater, an impact crater on Mars. Senior Riley Kishaba, juniors Lee Danielle Young, and Liana Michelle Young, and sophomore Andrew Segawa joined forces to train on the ENVI Program and learn how to create topographic images of Mars. They wanted to find evidence that water existed on Mars in the past.