A Science Center Connecting Science & Community
KCSC connects students with professionals in the careers they are interested in. Students have the opportunity to interact with professionals in different ways to learn about the careers. KCSC will also support professionals to take an active role in guiding and developing the next generation of Kauai's leaders.
KCSC has a weekly Intern meeting and half of the meeting (30 minutes) is dedicated to hosting a professional who shares about their career path and what they do now. It is totally up to the professional what they want to share. We call it PROFESSIONAL TALK STORY. It is very informal and a great opportunity for students to hear from professionals in a wide array of career pathways on Kauai and beyond. Let us know if you would like to meet with us!
We are always looking for subject matter experts to work with our KCSC Interns on individual and group projects and to support our programs. Even if you have not heard from us yet, we would love to hear from you and welcome you to the PaLS Network.
By working with KCSC the outcomes of your work may end up as an activity, exhibit or event at KCSC. You will be recognized for your contributions and you may end up meeting future colleagues as well. Braelyn's She Go! treadmill is a great example. Rich O'Reilly, President of Kauai Makerspace one of our first PaLS mentored Braelyn to design and build her pediatric treadmill. Braelyn donated the She Go! to KCSC and the treadmill continue to be shared with other students, teachers, parents and the whole community. Braelyn, Rich and Kauai Makerspace will always be the developers of this and be acknowledged for their work and contribution to KCSC.
Perhaps you would like to share something with KCSC or you have a specific idea. We are always open to collaboration and welcome you to share your expertise with KCSC however it works for you.
Samin likes working AI-human design problems. In 2018 he won Microsoft’s Global Innovation Competition as a co-founder for a product called smartARM, a fully functional 3D printed robotic prosthetic arm that leverages computer vision to detect objects and autonomously apply the appropriate grasp. Now, he and his team are working on Autumn, a platform that measures and predicts mental health by analyzing digital behavior.
Patricia is a Mental Health Speaker, Suicide Prevention Educator, and Founder of the Hawai’i-based company, Patricia Wistinghausen Consulting LLC. Her mission is to Destigmatize the Act of Being Yourself by sharing her personal experiences and struggles with mental health and encouraging others to do the same. By talking openly about suicide, we help reduce the stigma surrounding it and are better able to share resources and connect people to support. Patricia's community advocacy within her home island of Kaua'i spans over a decade as a volunteer, community organizer, coordinator, and board member for various Hawai'i organizations, representing at the local, state, and national level. Go to: TrishWisty.com to connect and collaborate with Patricia!
Dr. Andre Raine is the science director at Archipelago Research and Conservation (ARC). he is an expert on seabirds and has carried out research and conservation work for Hawaii's three endangered seabirds, as well as consulting on seabird projects around the world.
Beth Tokioka is Communications Manager for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. She previously spent 20 years working for the County of Kauai, in various communications and economic development roles, and was the Community Outreach Manager for Syngenta Hawaii, LLC. Tokioka was named the Minority Business Champion of the Year for Kauai in 2010 by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her work in creating the Kauai Made branding program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kauai Chamber of Commerce and the Kauai United Way, is an advisory board member for the Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai Branch, and is an appointed member of the County of Kauai’s Civil Service Commission. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Kirstin Punu leads AES Clean Energy’s (AES CE) community engagement & strategic partnership efforts across Hawaii. AES CE is proudly helping Hawai‘i achieve its 100 percent renewable energy future while partnering with the state and communities to accelerate access to safe, efficient and affordable energy. Ms. Punu graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree and a concentration in real estate finance and development. She also earned a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Kirstin was born on Oahu and grew up in Haiku, Maui and graduated from Maui High School. She is passionate about furthering a responsible and sustainable future for generations to come. She sits on The Trust for Public Land Hawaii Advisory Board, is a Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) executive board member and received certification from the American Planning Association (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Michelle Kortenaar is Executive Director at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY. The Sciencenter is a hands-on museum that welcomes 100,000 guests annually. Our mission is to cultivate a broad community of curious, confident, critical thinkers. Our vision is a world where people explore, connect, and create through science. Michelle Kortenaar has been at the Sciencenter since 2010, serving as Director of Education, Senior Director of Engagement and Learning, and most recently as Vice President of Strategic Development. Michelle’s career has focused on providing children with opportunities to explore science through open-ended experiences and discovery. Michelle has degrees in both science and education. Michelle’s career began as a physics and biology teacher in Toronto, Canada and in New Jersey. She served as chair of the math and science departments at her last school. Michelle was recruited as the founding director of a multi-department science center at a large summer camp in Milford, PA. Michelle has led the Sciencenter’s work on a number of federal grants – including the Collaborative for Early Science Learning. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant – that creates opportunities for the Sciencenter to partner with Cornell University to engage public audiences in current NSF-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) research. Michelle serves on the extended leadership team of the National Informal STEM Education Network. She spearheaded the Sciencenter’s partnership with many local institutions including Tompkins County Head Start. She has published in the field and often speaks at national conferences about informal science education and national partnerships.
Richard O'Reilly: I am retired from mechanical engineering with a life time back ground in plastic injection mold making as well as injection mold design and product design.
I spent the last 13 years of my career with Northrop Grumman working on research and development of large optics made with silicon carbide where I was able to use my mold making and design skills.
My wife Dorothy and I were born and raised in Massachusetts and have moved to beautiful Kauai to enjoy our retirement.
As a member of the Kauai Makerspace organization I am able to pursue and share some of my passions which include cad design and modeling which enables me to do my own 3D printing.
KCSC PAL, Dr. Andre Raine, is the science director at Archipelago Research and Conservation (ARC). He is an expert on seabirds and has carried out research and conservation work for Hawaii's three endangered seabirds, as well as consulting on seabird projects around the world.
Patricia is a Mental Health Speaker, Suicide Prevention Educator, and Founder of the Hawai’i-based company, Patricia Wistinghausen Consulting LLC.
We look forward to getting to know you.
West Kaua`i Technology Center, Unit 103, 9555 Kaumuali`i Highway, P.O. Box 60, Waimea, Hawaii 96796-0060,
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Kauai Community Science Center
West Kaua`i Technology Center, Unit 103, 9555 Kaumuali`i Highway, P.O. Box 60, Waimea, Hawaii 96796-0060
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September 15 - December 15th
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