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Waiakea hosts class of students from Kyoto

The Waiakea High School Robotics Club ohana recently hosted a group of science students and teachers from Ritsumeikan High School in Kyoto, Japan, which is acclaimed as one of Japan’s “super science high schools.”

The visit was part of a continuing Waiakea-Ritsumeikan collaboration.

“Waiakea High School is one of only five high schools from the United States invited annually to Ritsumeikan’s Japan Super Science Fair, a week-long science symposium held in Kyoto, whose participants come from 19 countries,” said spokesman Art Kimura.

Six Waiakea High School students and a teacher will be among the participants at this year’s Nov. 10-15 fair. The trip, which will include a two-night home stay, will mark Waiakea’s fifth year at the Super Science Fair.

During the November fair, Waiakea’s Dale Olive will be hosting a Science is Fun workshop, a Letry team challenge and a Brushbot Olympics featuring, for the first time: brushbot bowling.

During Ritsumeikan’s recent two-week exchange visit to Hawaii, the students and teachers studied and experienced flight training at Starbase Hawaii, volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, astronomy at the Hale Pohaku visitor center, at the Subaru Telescope base headquarters and at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; marine science at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Coconut Island on Oahu, and built brushbots, Letry and bipedal robots at Waiakea High School.

The Japanese visitors also spent 10 home-stay nights and experienced Hawaii’s multi-ethnic culture. “Super high school” groups from Nara and Sapporo, Japan, are scheduled to visit Hilo in January 2013, said Kimura.

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