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Arthur Kimura

Arthur Kimura

Hawaii | 1983
Arthur “Art” Kimura has been making an impact on science education for over 50 years. With a focus on hands-on, real-world experiences for students, Art created an off-campus science course in which students worked at the zoo, the aquarium, the humane society, and a hospital. He was selected in 1985 as the Hawaii state representative to the NASA Teacher in Space Project. He directed a summer space camp for 25 years with 9,000 participants, overseeing 14 years of statewide space conferences, directed two annual astronaut recognition days for 20,000 attendees, and provided school programs on Space: the Ultimate Field Trip for over 150,000 students and teachers. Art also introduced scholastic competition robotics in Hawaii including FIRST, Botball, and VEX robotics which grew from an initial two teams to over 700 teams in nine different programs in Hawaii. For the past 25 years, Art has initiated and supported several exchange and visitation programs with schools in Japan including a 20-year relationship with the Japan Super Science Fair. In 2014, Art and his wife, Rene, were recognized as Living Treasures of Hawaii