Waipahu High takes home record number of awards at state science fair
said.“Another one that I am very appreciative of is the Society of American Military Engineers Award.” worms. The mealworms, the students stated, were used as model organisms to offer insight into how food selection affects a human’s overall lifestyle.
Arizala’s project,“Screening for Hawaiian Marine Derived Yeast and Fungi for Production of Antibacterial Compounds,” earned her a spot in the category of microbiology. It taps into the marine ecosystem to identify organisms that may be useful in developing new antibiotics. She visited various sites on Oahu to screen for marine organisms that might possess antibacterial properties.
“I know that the future of science in Hawaii is in good hands just by looking at how competitive the state science fair was this year,” added Sana.“The science fair is a way to show that they understand science, can do science and that they are going to be the movers and shakers of our society in the years to come.”
Waipahu High School science department head Carl Masumoto and teacher Michael Sana (front row, at left) and superintendent Kathyrn Matayoshi (front, red shirt) celebrate the many victories of their 28 students recognized with agency awards at last month’s 53rd annual Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair. Photo from Michael Sana.