Students who think that science isn't for them often become devoted fans of the subject after taking Neal Hirasaki's classes at Kalani High School in Honolulu. Mr. Hirasaki involves his students in projects that explore the relationship between science and everyday life, such as building a model house to learn about lighting and electrical circuitry, or making lollipops and root beer to understand chemical and temperature reactions. Mr. Hirasaki's department was the first in his school to use technology for learning, and his students frequently use computers and digital cameras to research and create their reports and make presentations. Mr. Hirasaki also initiated Kalani High's school-to-work program and serves on its core committee.
1985 University of Hawaii - Manoa, B.A.