On STEM, beekeeping and scholarships

Kauai Community College’s Cognition Learning Center recently hosted its 2016 STEM Festival (science, technology, engineering, math) for third -rade students from Koloa Elementary School and fourth-grade students from King Kaumuali’i Elementary.

The purpose of the event was to bring the joy of learning to students as they explored a variety of themed stations. Stations included 3D printing and illusions,

GPS and geo-caching, using VR (virtual reality) to explore the stars and constellations, the skeletal system, creating circuits with homemade lemon batteries, and an Under the Sea bus with a bioluminescent glow demonstration. Each station was managed by KCC students, faculty, or staff members.

The KCC Apiary will present two Hawaii Department of Agriculture courses in

Beginning Beekeeping and Honey Bee Biology. Participants will learn the fundamentals of beekeeping, including honey bee biology, history of beekeeping in Hawaii, integrated pest management techniques to control pests and diseases, and hands-on hive management techniques.

The mini-courses will be held in the Daniel K. Inouye Technology Center on the KCC campus from 5 to 8 tonight with a PowerPoint lecture, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday with a hands-on apiary session. The cost is $10 for both sessions. Contact: noelani.waters@hawaii.gov or call (808) 339-1977.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Kauai Community College will host a presentation on Native Hawaiian scholarships in the lobby of the One Stop Center. The event is for high school students, parents, teachers, adult students, enrolled college students, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out more about sources of financial aid available for Native Hawaiians, including eligibility criteria.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with scholarship providers from Kamehameha Schools, the Pauahi Foundation, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship program, and Alu Like. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 245-8384 for more information.

The KCC Financial Aid Office also announces that the UH Common Scholarship Application will open on Dec. 1 for the 2017-18 award year. Applications will be available for anyone attending any campus in the UH system for the 2017-18 award year. Completing this single online application opens the door to the full array of scholarships available through the UH Foundation, and could potentially result in awards of thousands of dollars.

At least one essay and letter of recommendation is required. The application period lasts from Dec. 1 through March 1. Interested parties may apply online at: uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.

For more information on financial aid programs offered within the UH system, contact Financial Aid Specialist Jeff Anderson at jeffa@hawaii.edu or scholars@hawaii.edu.

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Greg Shepherd is a music professor at Kauai Community College. He can be reached at shep@hawaii.edu or 245-8269.

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