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Small school stands tall as science powerhouse

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Kapiolani Community College students’ hot-pink CanSat payload, which took first place in a NASA competition, rode a rocket to an altitude of about 2,000 feet, then transmitted data back to the ground before safely returning to Earth without cracking the raw egg it carried. Logan Tamayo, left, Rae-Zan Belen, Taylor Viti, back, McClyde Gaborno and Diamond Tachera showed off their creation on Thursday.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Robin Kaai, examining red blood cells, won recognition for his work on using genetically modified viruses to produce antibodies.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    KCC students who took first in NASA’s CanSat Competition included, front from left, Taylor Viti, Diamond Tachera and Rae-Zan Belen; rear left, professor and mentor Herve Collin, and team members McClyde Gaborno, center, and Logan Tamayo. Not pictured are students Kelsey Kawaguchi and Joshua Tamayo.

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