The CanSat team reunited Thursday at KCC to receive proclamations issued by state officials in their honor.
Addressing KCC's overall strength in science study, Pagotto said in an interview, "We have been very fortunate to get some grant funding from the
Among KCC's other science projects: growing tumor cells to investigate cancer and to produce DNA; using mice to make antibodies for the research community in
"We're probably the only community college in the nation that produces monoclonal antibodies," Tuthill said. "It's embedded in the biotechnology certificate program we have here."
"Community colleges are traditionally seen as vocational or terminal or transfer places," he said. "They are not seen as their own institutions that are able to do a wide range of things. The research we are able to do with our students is really pushing boundaries at both the local and national level."
In the past year, four biomedical students from KCC received awards at the SACNAS national conference, competing against four-year institutions:
In April, KCC student
"We use a viral laboratory to produce and target the antibody that we want," said Kaai, who received his associate of science degree at KCC and works as a peer mentor. "It cuts cost, it cuts time and it's an alternative to the use of animals."
Collin, the CanSat mentor, ignited his students' interest in CanSat, but the kids had to create their "satellite" and ground control station themselves and figure out how to make it all work.
"This entire project was student-driven," said Gaborno, a CanSat team member who is headed to UH-Manoa this fall to pursue a civil engineering degree. "
"In the real world, your boss is not going to be there telling you exactly what you need to do," Gaborno added. "It's prepared us for the real world."
The KCC students not only earned the top trophy in
"We had spare stuff, enough to make multiples, and we tried to offer it up to them,"
The judges nixed that plan but praised the
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