Students who have participated in HI STAR (Hawai‘i Student/Teacher Astronomy Research), an IfA program that encourages middle and high school students to excel in the sciences by teaching them how to do astronomical research, picked up a bundle of awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. Six of the 25 students from Hawaii who went to ISEF were students who had previously attended HI STAR, and nine of the 18 awards won by Hawaii students were won by HI STAR alumni.
Several students who have been HI STAR participants also gave impressive TEDx youth talks that can be accessed online. Stephanie Spear gave a talk entitled "Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better" at a TEDx youth event held at Kamehameha School on O‘ahu. McKayla Wandell spoke about "Not Being Defined as 'X'," Matthew Thomas Sturm's talk was "Magnetic Suspension, Levitation and Suspension," and Aaron Rohozinski spoke about "The Nature of Originality" at a TEDx youth event entitled "Imagining a Better Tomorrow" held at Seabury Hall, a private school on Maui.
TED—Technology, Entertainment and Design—is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx events, which are independently run, share ideas in communities around the world.