Honolulu — Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui last night addressed participants in the first Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit being held in Hilo. Participants in the four-day education summit includes students and educators from across the globe — Japan (Ritsumeikan High School, Kyoto, and Senri High School, Osaka, both Japan Super Science High Schools), China (The High School affiliated with Beihang University, Beijing), India (The Shri Ram School, Aravali), Canada (Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia) and the Big Island (Waiakea High School, Kamehameha School, Connections Public Charter School, Honokaa High School, and Hilo High School).
“Although you come from different parts of the world – one thing you have in common is your interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. You are the future generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who will create new ideas, new products and new industries in the 21st century,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.
Aimed at fostering global collaboration in science, engineering and education, the Summit’s theme is One Earth, One Sky. Using the models of the acclaimed Ritsumeikan Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) and the International Student Science Fair (ISSF), the Summit will include student science presentations, cultural presentations, workshops by scientists and educators, team design briefs, field trips to the Astronaut Onizuka Visitors’ Center at Hale Pohaku (2,800 meters) for sunset viewing and star gazing and a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.