Dr. Rachel Boulay has had two awesome ideas that have resulted in Hawai`i’s local public schools getting much-needed laboratory equipment and expertise. First, during the time when public school teachers were furloughed to ease the state budget shortfall, Dr. Boulay competed for U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus) funds to offer the teachers training days in the high-tech labs at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i. Then, more recently, Dr. Boulay devised a plan to “repurpose”, as she puts it, used science equipment which otherwise would have been thrown away. The equipment had become out-dated for university-level scientists, but was newer than many of the supplies in Hawai`i public schools. In our Vimeo report, Dr. Boulay talks about the repurposing project.
Our video is by Arnold Kameda. The editor and reporter is Tina Shelton.