Plenty Of Sci­ence To Share At KCC Fair

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

The stu­dents in Ka­pi­olani Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics Pro­gram will host a free STEM Fair for the pub­lic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thurs­day.

The event will fea­ture food, games, prizes and in­for­ma­tional on schol­ar­ships, in­tern­ship po­si­tions and other op­por­tu­ni­ties the STEM pro­gram of­fers.

“With this event, we hope to high­light and demon­strate the ac­com­plish­ments of the stu­dents in the pro­gram,” said the pro­gram’s mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Keoki Noji.

“We feel that it is very im­por­tant to in­form the lo­cal com­mu­nity about this pro­gram and to let the high school stu­dents of Hawaii know that th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able to them right here in the is­lands.”

The goal is to have more lo­cal stu­dents grad­u­ate with col­lege de­grees in the STEM fields and to en­hance the qual­ity of the col­lege’s in­struc­tional and out­reach pro­grams. The spe­cific fo­cus is on Na­tive Hawai­ian stu­dents and on the lo­cal com- mu­nity.

The STEM Cen­ter has peer-men­tor­ing ser­vices, tu­tor­ing, tablet PC and desk­top com­puter sup­port and other ed­u­ca­tional re­sources for all en­rolled stu­dents. The pro­gram also has fund­ing pack­ages to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den of at­tend­ing col­lege.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fair or the pro­gram, call 734-9425 or email plants, and you’re done.

The Joaquins are mak­ing plans to in­stall their third Aloha Victory Gar­den at Dole Mid­dle School, feed­ing their be­lief that gar­den­ing is a ben­e­fi­cial tool for younger gen­er­a­tions that leads to life­long skills and a healthy life­style.

“Micah Wakabayashi (of abil­i­ties, and they’ve have proven that they have brown thumbs with their at­tempts to grow a school gar­den.

“It breaks my heart to think how dis­ap­pointed the kids must be. The Wiki Gar­den will be an early Christ­mas gift,” Tan­nya said, adding “Chil­dren ex­posed to gar­den­ing will be more likely to eat fruits and veg­eta­bles.” com­mu­ni­ties closer to­gether, beau­tify neigh­bor­hoods, ed­u­cate our chil­dren, re­duce fam­ily food bud­gets, and im­prove health and fit­ness.”

As new par­ents them­selves, in fact, the Joaquins hope that the pro­gram will grow with their 1-year-old son Kaimana.

“See­ing Kai grow and de­velop as a lit­tle per­son con-

Tan­nya Joaquin knows get­ting kids to like their veg­eta­bles is easy if you start them off young and grow it in your own back yard. Her son Kaimana seems to rel­ish that let­tuce leaf. Photo from the Joaquins.

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