2017 Student Workshops

There currently 16 workshops available, look back for additions! We're hoping for up to 20 workshops total!

REMEMBER: Girls will get to choose FIVE workshops workshops (in order of interest) and will then be placed in THREE of the five selected. Workshops have a maximum of 10 students to provide the girls with lots of interaction with the scientists leading the workshops.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Under the Microscope: Hidden Life in a Splash of Sea Water
Did you know that there are a lot of life in just a drop of sea water? In this workshop you will get to see in the microscope lots of cool little LIVE creatures in sea water: the plankton!! You will be the scientist: together we will observe their size, body shape and how they move and by using pictures we will identify some of them! You will learn about their biology and importance! Plankton is always a surprise! You might see some baby fish, baby crabs, eggs and even baby jellyfish!

BOTANY - Flower to Fruit: How do Plants make our Food?
In this workshop, you will learn all about flowers and how they make the food we eat! We will walk outside and pick flowers, smell flowers, learn about pollination, and talk about how energy from the sun is used to turn flowers into fruit and vegetables. You will explore the anatomy of a flower and the incredible strategies plants use to reproduce. Once you have mastered the flower types, we will dissect (and maybe sample!) tropical fruit to see how flowers turn into fruit. After this workshop, you will never look at a flower the same way, and you will have a much better idea of how a lot of our food is made and where it comes from.

MARINE BIOLOGY - The Puzzle of a Healthy Coral Reef
This workshop will allow you to use your creative and artistic skill to create an ocean-themed puzzle that is yours to take home! In this workshop, we will discover the pieces that compose the complete picture of a healthy ecosystem. You will learn what the consequences are of missing pieces and what happens when a new piece, and therefore new organism, is introduced to the system. This workshop will integrate and teach the basic concepts of food webs, coral reef ecology, and invasive species to emphasize the importance of conserving our native flora and fauna.

CHEMISTRY - Kinetics: All Things Your Parents Tell You Not To Do
Playing with food and fire! In one part of this workshop, we will explore the concept behind Boyle's Law. This relationship between pressure and volume at constant temperature will be demonstrated when we construct and fire a rudimentary potato cannon! Rates of reactions can be affected by many conditions, not just pressure. In the second part of this workshop, another condition of illustrating kinetics is by increasing the surface area of a solid. We will combust powdered creamer which displays an awesome fireball!  

MARINE BIOLOGY - The Great Coral Mystery!
Become a coral detective in this workshop, using microscopes to examine real coral specimen to find clues that will lead you to each corals’ identity! From the big picture “look” of a coral to the fine scale patterns within the skeletons of individual coral polyps, you will delve deep into the real world of coral biology, learning what makes a coral a coral and how we tell them apart. By recording your observations in your own coral ID book you will assemble clues to lead you through a dichotomous key – the tool biologists use to identify species based on their appearance. Do you think you have what it takes to become an expert on Hawaiian coral species?

Are ants picky eaters?  In this workshop, you will trap ants using honey, peanut butter, and spam. You’ll be able to see their minute differences under a microscope and deduce whether they have a sweet tooth or prefer protein shakes. Come find out with us!

ZOOLOGY (HERPETOLOGY) - Scaly Scholars: Can Lizards Learn?
Can reptiles learn and problem solve? Find out for yourself in this workshop that compares innate and learned behavior in local lizards. You will study videos of lizards in their natural habitat and learn to categorize their behavior. Then you will observe live lizards up close in a problem-solving situation. Compare and contrast lizard behavior in the wild and in the classroom and find out whether they can solve a puzzle!

ZOOLOGY (ORNITHOLOGY) - Birds in my Backyard
In this workshop you will learn about the different types of birds that live in Hawaii and your neighborhood. You will learn to identify birds by their colors and the sounds they make. Then, you will practice your new birding skills in the outdoors.

PHYSICS - Mission to Mars: Space Radiation
During a spaceflight to mars, astronauts leave the protection of the Earth's magnetic field and are exposed to energetic particles from our Galaxy. Learn about these high energy particles and the steps that can be taken to protect humans in space. Work together to design a spacecraft that you could use to travel between planets.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Journey into the Deep
Come with us on a journey thousands of feet below the sea surface down into the darkness of the deep ocean. The deep sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet but it is also the least explored. Scientists are only now beginning to grasp the different types of habitats that exist down in the depths, as well as the numerous animals that are perfectly adapted to call these environments home. In this workshop, we will take you on a journey down through the water column to the deepest trenches in the world’s oceans, across the many types of seafloor habitats, and then down to the frigid waters of Antarctica. You will be able to see (and even touch!) some real deep-sea animals, and hear about how we study these mysterious environments.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Under Antarctic Ice with Giant Sea Spiders
Come with three scientists on a trip to Antarctica and the ocean world beneath the polar ice.  The Antarctic ocean contains the coldest water on earth and some of the Earth’s strangest animals.  How do animals survive in freezing water?  What is it like to live under meters of ice?  In this workshop you will explore the different marine habitats and organisms in the Antarctic Ocean, see SCUBA gear and scientific equipment used in the Antarctic, and learn how cold temperatures affect molecular movement.  You will also see lots of specimens of giant Antarctic sea spiders, as well as videos and pictures of them in the lab and in nature at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.   

MICROBIOLOGY & NUTRITION - The Amazing Gut Microbiome!
Did you ever wonder about the bacteria that live inside our guts? What kinds of bacteria live there? What do they like to eat? And how might the foods we eat affect the types of bacteria that live there? In this workshop you will learn through a hands-on activity about how food changes the composition of the gut ecosystem, which is called the “gut microbiome.” You'll even get to take home a bead bracelet made out of your favorite gut bacteria!

NUTRITION SCIENCE - Exploring How to be a Better You!
To be good at most things requires both physical and mental energy and requires more than 30 essential nutrients to be consumed nearly every day. Inadequate amounts of even one essential nutrient can cause you to become fatigued, have decreased concentration and math skills, have weight problems, lose hair and even have skin problems. Nutrient deficiencies as teens can show up years later. In this workshop, we will show you how to determine your personal nutrient needs and explore how the right food composition (nutrient chemicals) convert to a healthy body and help you be a better you.

Hawaii isn’t known for wacky weather, or is it? Learn about weather events that are rare, but can occur, in Hawaii like hail, fog, and more and why we don’t get to experience them often. You’ll learn when and where you’re more likely to experience these fun weather events!  You’ll decode the secrets of the skies by performing two hands-on experiments that you can do at home: create fog in a bottle and make your very own hail stone!

BOTANY - Mystery in Manoa
In this workshop, you will take on the role of scientist AND detective as you work to solve a mysterious crime! Professor Hawksworth has been found dead in her lab and now it is up to you to help put the pieces together. Working against the clock, you will use microscopes, forensic skills, and your five senses to complete a series of short puzzles in order to gain clues as to what plant- or mushroom-based toxin resulted in the death of beloved Professor Hawksworth. Can you solve the mystery before the clock runs out?

EARTH SCIENCE - Make it Rain
If you like to dig, scoop, and build in sand with rakes, buckets, and shovels then join us in building a watershed with a colorful computer simulated landscape in a sandbox. You will decide where the rain falls and you will channel the water through the landscape. You will learn about the water cycle, water resources, flooding, and water pollution.

ZOOLOGY - A Glowing Adventure
This workshop will illuminate the different aspects of bioluminescence that animals use to communicate, camouflage, and survive. Students will learn about the difference between bioluminescence and fluorescence, then develop hypotheses about how animals might use either of these techniques in environments with very little light. Finally, students will attempt to communicate using bioluminescent cues to mimic animal communication.

MATHEMATICS - Geometric Gardening
Your school teachers have taken notice of your exceptional math skills and decide to consult you when they haev trouble determining the best configuration for a new garden in the schoolyard. Put your geometric intuition and ingenuity to the test as we take a hands-on approach and explore different ways of measuring area (instead of just memorizing forumulas) Deform shapes to finally convince your teachers that the optimal garden structure is...


2017 Cool Career Panel

This year we have FOUR amazing women on our career panel