HILO, HI—Dozens of intermediate and high school students from across Hawaii Island presented their exemplary science projects during the 32nd annual Hawaii District Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 17. Held at University of Hawaii at Hilo, the event featured more than 100 projects exploring various challenges: everything from generating electric currents using mud to outdoor solar ovens.

IMG_0660The event was judged by a group of local scientists, engineers and educators who spent the day reviewing projects and interviewing the students—30 of which will advance to the State Science and Engineering Fair on Oahu in March.

PISCES Geology Tech Kyla Defore volunteered as a judge and presented the PISCES Science Award to 7th grader Paul Varricatt of Hilo Intermediate School. Paul created a project on “Wireless Power Transfer” and used copper coils wound around iron cores to test the transmission of an electric current at a distance without traveling through wire.