Scientific successes

First photo: Maui High School senior Steven Okada explains his project, titled “Spectral Analysis of Time Dilation in Quasar Microvariability,” during the 54th annual Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center on Thursday afternoon in Wailuku.

Okada, whose project finished first in the Senior Research Division, said he was inspired to tackle the theme while reading the biography of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. He and Molokai High School sophomore Sarah Jenkins, whose project was titled “Artificial Nesting Structures for Hawaiian Coot Nesting Success,” earned spots in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on the Mainland.

Second photo: Iao Intermediate School 8th-grader Chayse Tamaki explains how he tested different types of island seaweed to rate their healing properties for his project, titled “Dose-Response Testing of Marine Algae with Antibacterial Properties.” Tamaki’s project was selected the top intermediate school project.