Lower and Upper School Students Go to the District Science Fair
Anela Akana
Originally called the Hawaiian Science Fair in 1958, the Hawaii Academy of Science continues to sponsor this event, now named the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF). Last year, for the first time since its inception, the Academy decided that the state Science Fairs would be conducted virtually and will once again follow suit in 2021. HSSEF is an opportunity for students to “conduct scientific research, prepare a display board explaining the research, and present their findings to individual scientists, community groups and related organizations at the annual fair. Each year, there are approximately 6,000 participants across more than 100 public and private school fairs, with about 30% advancing to compete at one of nine district fairs (Central, Hawaii East, Hawaii West, HAIS, Honolulu, Kauai, Leeward, Maui, Windward),” according to the HSSEF website.
Last month, several students from St. Andrew’s Schools participated in the school’s Science Fair as a part of the school-wide Academic Fair. Students presented their projects before a panel of professional judges. Of those projects, only a handful were selected to represent St. Andrew’s Schools at the HAIS District Science Fair. Those students were:
  • Grader 6: Mia Bonner, Nicolette Eto, Jirlynne Pekelo-Agpaoa, Anelani Suapaia, Kuhio Hoʻohuli, Robert “Chip” Watts, Neal Seghal
  • Grade 8: Brooke Jones, Lehua Harris, Riley Kaʻai, Alisa Senaga, Sophia Ching
  • Grade 10: Ariana Kaneda, Janice Cheng
“The judges at our school fair were impressed with our students’ scientific creativity and their confidence when presenting their projects,” said Jay Hamura, Priory Science teacher and SAS Science Fair coordinator.
The HAIS District Fair will be held virtually over the next few weeks. Those who do well will advance to the HSSEF next month.