Maui Regional Director Flaviana Ancheta joins
Mayor Alan M. Arakawa
in the proclamation recognizing the 2011 Maui Regional
Science Olympiad Tournament in its inaugural year.
By CJ Ancheta
Young scientists from middle and high schools on
Maui converged at University of Hawaii Maui College to compete at the First Annual Maui Science Olympiad Regional Tournament last January 29, 2011. Dubbed as ’s most exciting team science competition, the Science Olympiad had revolutionized science education. America
Acknowledging the gains from exploring the world of science and in support of science initiatives, Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa made an official proclamation recognizing the 2011 Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament in its inaugural year.
In her welcome remarks, Maui Regional Director Flaviana A. Ancheta said, “What I like about Science Olympiad is that it involves learning, participation, interaction, having fun and developing team spirit while fostering an interest in science and technology.”
“The kids are excited about science and having fun at the same time which is so important. Everyone had really come together and had a chance to work in a team environment engaging in scientific inquiry,” said Isla Young, Program Manager of Women in Technology of the Maui Economic and Development Board.
Councilmember Mike Victorino had a chance to witness the Bottle Rocket and Towers events. He said, “I think this is a great opportunity for young people to demonstrate their ability and broaden their horizon.”
Based from their experience in participating at various events at the tournament, the students agreed that they had fun and were able to apply acquired knowledge and concepts from the classroom.
“Although it was challenging for me in the Experimental Design, I gained a lot from that experience which will help my career in the future,” said Lois Abo of
. Lokelani Intermediate School
Vanessa Coloma of St. Anthony Jr.-Sr. High School said that her participation in three events tested her abilities.
After half-a-day of dealing mind boggling, rigorous and challenging questions and situations, the students displayed their critical thinking skills in solving science problems.
As a result, six schools will advance to the Statewide Science Olympiad Tournament to be held at
on Saturday, March 5th. They are:Division B (middle school) : 1st place -Maui Preparatory Academy, 2nd place -St. Anthony Jr.-Sr. High School, and 3rd place- Lahaina Intermediate School. For Division C (high school):1st place-H.P. Baldwin High School, 2nd place- King Kekaulike High School, and 3rd place- Lahainaluna High School. Leeward Community College
The spirit award was given to the team that displayed good attitude, cooperation, and teamwork during the conduct of the events and it went to
and Kihei Charter School . H.P. Baldwin High School
The other participating schools were
and Lokelani Intermediate School . Kihei Charter School
The tournament was presented by the Hawaii State Science Olympiad in partnership with the Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Women in TechnologyProject and the University of Hawaii Maui College. It was funded in part by MEDB’S Ke Alahele Education Fund, The Air Force Research Laboratory, and the
. Countyof Maui