Over 100 guests attended a special dedication ceremony for the newest addition to the University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) campus last week, a $26 million science facility appropriately named 'Ike Le'a (to see clearly). 'Ike Le'a provides laboratories and classrooms to respond to the challenges in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The astronomy, optics, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology and marine sciences laboratories will connect students and faculty with STEM needs, problems, and opportunities in our county and state.
Clyde Sakamoto, chancellor of UHMC, said, "We now have a science facility where students, faculty and community partners can design new solutions to persisting issues. And it wouldn't have been possible without the leadership of State Rep. Bob Nakasone, our community leadership, and the dedication of our faculty."
Students will also receive hands-on training and research experience through a variety of internship programs in areas such as astronomy and space science, optics and instrumentation, the marine and biological sciences, engineering technology and sustainable science. An adjacent facility will house a teaching observatory with telescopes and instrumentation to support labs and student research.
Over 100 attendees gathered for the dedication ceremony for the new science facility at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College campus.