Posted by: loomisisc | April 2, 2011

Sumitomo Sponsors 54th Annual State Science & Engineering Fair

Gino Anontiello speaks with Emily Moss from Waipahu about her project on "How Foods Affect Your Mood"

Sumitomo Corporation once again came to the aid of the State Science & Engineering Fair, as a key sponsor of the event. Vice President of Transportation Systems & Equipment, Gino Antoniello was on hand to continue his Celebrity Judging duties from last year. “This is such a great event. I was blown away by the quality of the projects last time and so far this year has been no different,” he said.

Over 7,000 students participated in this year’s science fair, with 500 finalists moving on to compete at the Hawai’i Convention Center. The winners will go on to compete for scholarships and prizes in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in California. Those winners also have the opportunity to meet some of the top scientists and engineers from around the world.

Antoniello was not the only celebrity in the house as Governor Abercrombie was also on hand for the state’s largest and longest running science fair. The event was kicked off by Bruce Anderson, President of the Science Fair and Hawaii Academy of Science.

Antoniello offers feedback to middle school student Matthew Barrett on his project "How you can beat the heat in your home"

Governor Abercrombie also addressed the packed convention room full of students, judges and community members.

Sumitomo has been very active in the community since they first got involved with the Honolulu Rail Project. “We truly believe in investing in the communities and helping support the next generation of leaders here in Hawai’i,” said Antoniello. Mr. Antoniello and other top executives have attended numerous career fairs at the University of Hawai’i, in addition to the State Science fair and a whole host of other community events. Sumitomo has also met with local high schools to help develop a curriculum that will prepare students for succesful careers with rail.

For more information on this year’s science fair visit the official website:

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