Students bring awards from STEM conference

More than a dozen students received awards during the fourth-annual Hawaii STEM Conference at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday and Saturday.

The award categories and student winners included:

* Music Lance Purdy, Maui High School.

* Web design Justin Yago and Renezel Lagran, Maui Waena Intermediate School.

* Geographic Information Systems Isaac Kuhaulua, King Kekaulike High School.

* Computer Aided Design Jessie Alex Gabbuat, Farrington High School, Oahu.

* Poster Camile Kimoto, Maui Waena.

* Game Sean Zukeran, Roosevelt High School, Oahu.

* Program Impact Assessment Lotus Chen, Maya Ooki and Jeremie Amano, King Kekaulike.

* Video Austin Alimbuyuguen and Remar Dela Cruz, Maui High.

* SketchUP Urban Design, first place Kevin Liu and Aaron Nonaka, Roosevelt.

* SketchUP Urban Design, second place Joseph Metz, King Kekaulike.

The students submitted work prior to the conference, which was judged by experts in the field. The award for the Program Impact Assessment was judged, based on student presentations, during the conference.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

More than 350 STEM and service-learning students, representing 29 intermediate and high schools statewide, participated in the conference to “celebrate STEM project work, engage with STEM industry professionals and meet peers from different islands,” a news release said.

Conference participants included representatives of Google, National Geographic and SketchUP, an urban design computer program. Other participants were Searider Productions, Hawaii Creative Media, Chevron Energy Solutions, Hawaii P20, the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, 3D Academy, Goma Games, the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering and Education, UH-Hilo Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, UH-Maui College, Kapiolani Community College, ESRI and Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council.

The conference included breakout sessions in workshops on 3D computer-aided design, engineering, cybersecurity, optics, filmmaking, SketchUP, navigation, agriculture, Photoshop, Web design and space monitoring, among others.

The event was sponsored by Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology project in partnership with Maui County and the Office of the State Director for Career and Technical Education.