Engineering Bash draws hundreds to Waimea

  • Caroline Landry (right), computer engineer and technology teacher at Parker School, assists with a marine engineering/naval architecture project at the Engineering Bash, a NASA@My Library event, held on Saturday at Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Greg Barrick (left), optical engineer at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, answers questions about the infrared camera demonstration at the Engineering Bash, a NASA@My Library event. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Brent Takenouchi, technology-engineering teacher at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, shares information about the LEGO Mindstorms robotics challenge during the Engineering Bash, a NASA@My Library event, held Saturday Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Matty Inaba (left), three-time international and current Hawaii Rubik’s Cube champion and a seventh grader at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, talks about speedcubing and the “science” behind solving the cube at the Engineering Bash, a NASA@My Library event, held on Saturday at Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea. See more photos online at westhawaiitoday.com. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Some of the island’s most-talented students and professional engineers were on hand at the Engineering Bash Saturday at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea.

The free, family friendly NASA@My Library event was part of the library’s Engineers Week celebration and presented in collaboration with Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, three-time international and current Hawaii Rubik’s Cube Speedcubing Champion Matty Inaba, North Hawaii STEM Alliance, Parker School, W.M. Keck Observatory, and the Waimea Elementary/Waimea Middle Na Paniolo Robotics Team.

About 200 children and their families explored the amazing world of engineering through indoor and outdoor hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and displays.

NASA@My Library is an initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery.

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