ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY Grade 7 students, Savitri Dube and William Meyermann, were recognized for scientific excellence at the 2021 Hawai’i State Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, April 17.
Meyermann ‘26 was a Grand Award winner, taking 2nd Place overall in the Junior Division. The Grand Awards recognize the top three overall winners in the state of Hawai’i.
Meyermann and Dube ‘26 were both nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS awards, which recognizes the top Junior Division projects that the judges deem worthy to compete with other students from around the world. The Broadcom MASTERS is the nation’s premier middle school STEM competition, with nominees chosen among the top 10% of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade competitors at science and engineering fairs in the U.S.
The two young researchers also took top honors in their categories in the Junior Division. Dube was awarded 1st Place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category with her project, “Can Smell Affect the Flavor of Food?” Meyermann won 1st Place in the category of Engineering Mechanics, with his project entitled “Hurricanes vs. Houses.”
The 2021 Hawai’i State Science & Engineering Fair was held virtually this year, with students uploading their projects to Student Corner for judges’ review. Final judging was also virtual, with students making a live Zoom presentation and answering questions from the judges.
Also named finalists in the Junior Division were Bosytn Tsukamoto ‘26, Danielle Okimoto ‘26, and Hannah Pham ‘26.
The winners were announced at the 2021 Virtual Hawai’i State Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 17.