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Local organizations host internships for young island innovators

Bobby Izuta Bobby Izuta
Steve Sue; BigGym.com founder Steve Sue; BigGym.com founder
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

From creating hydrophobic surfaces for surfers to gunshot sound blocking earplugs for the U.S. Marines, college students created summer projects through Oceanit's internship program and presented their creations in front of a panel of experts.

"I really enjoyed the internship program," Bobby Izuta, who created the gunshot earplugs, said. "It allows me to apply this knowledge I gained in school and see how it applies in the real world but it also has given me a lot of new skills."

This is Izuta's second year in the program.

Amy Chang, a grad student in bioengineering at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, is in her first year and created a hydrophobic steel surface that could help surfers in the water.

"If they're hydrophobic and they repel water really well, then it will decrease the resistance as you're cutting through water on your surfboard," Chang said.

Katie Whitman, a PhD student in physics at UH Manoa, created a device called "Watch Pet."

"Essentially it detects your pet when it goes in the car and then it monitors for temperatures that get too high and alerts you," Whitman said.

Six others were part of Oceanit's program.

These students weren't the only innovators in action over the summer. 30 elementary through high school kids in BizGym's one-week long entrepreneurship program came up with brand-new ideas and put them into business plans.

"The idea is to create a video that they can put online at some of the crowd-funding sites whereby people that are on the outside can donate money to support their cause," BigGym.com founder Steve Sue said.

Sue says that the site they will use is kickstarter.com.

Two Iolani School students teamed up to create a plan for a bio-thermal cooling shirt for Hawaii's summer sun.

"It basically has tubes in the shirt that are very small and you can't feel it and it'll cool you down," Iolani student Brittany Amano said.

With most schools heading back next week, these island innovators will have an interesting story to tell when they are asked, "what did you do during your summer break?" 

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