‘Ōiwi innovation and ingenuity propelled KS Kapālama senior Joshua Parker into first place in the Spellman High Voltage Clean Tech Competition – Limited Resources category.
The annual research and design challenge encourages high schoolers to develop environmentally responsible energy sources to solve real-world problems. This year’s theme was “Reducing Individual Impacts.” Parker’s win came with a $10,000 prize and the assignment of a professional mentor who will help him in his continued research.
Parker’s project, which included a research paper and video presentation, used the tidal energy of loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) to generate electricity – a sustainable approach that is also deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and fishing practices. He competed with 20 finalists from across the globe.
“Joshua is very self-motivated and has worked extremely hard over the past couple of years and it has been a pleasure to help guide him in the pursuit of his passions,” said KS Kapālama High School Biology kumu Dr. Grant Yamashita. “Science kumu Gail Ishimoto also worked closely with Josh on the many iterations of his project, as well as helping prep his presentations and papers. We are all proud of Josh and his accomplishments and for the world-class achievements of our haumāna at Kamehameha Schools.”
Learn more about Parker’s project in his video presentation above and through the following news stories:
Kamehameha student takes home first prize in global tech contest