Soleil de Zwart Self Publishes Her Novel

SoleilWriting 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 Creates a Shape Identification Program

Kyle Chan

Kyle Chan

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.
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Kalani Team Studies Mars through Topographic Data Analysis

Riley Kishaba

Riley Kishaba

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.
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Mark Andrew Buenafe Pursues His Passion in Graphic Design

Mark Andrew Buenafe

Mark Andrew Buenafe

Senior projects can be the perfect opportunity to discover if your chosen career path is the right one for you. Ask Mark Andrew Buenafe, a McKinley senior, who decided to focus his project on studying the world of graphic design. He spent 11 weeks observing and interacting with professionals at the Design Asylum. Going after school every day, Mark interviewed a team of graphic designers about the job outlook as well as current and future trends in this field. He researched statistics and demographics of designers, who work as freelance agents as well as those individuals, who work for design firms.
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Chasity Takes On Project to Support Local Food Businesses

Chasity-Mae Real

Chasity-Mae Real

When Chasity-Mae Real, a Moanalua senior, decided to choose a senior project, she wanted something with genuine community impact. She realized that more than 90% of Hawaii’s food has to be imported and she was concerned about how vulnerable Hawaii’s citizens are during strikes and disasters. She decided to study the challenges we face in supporting local food businesses and the benefits we might reap as consumers.
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