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2020 I+I Student Challenge

An exciting component of Hawaii’s Woodshow is the Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge, a division that was initiated in 2017 to introduce students to the diverse world of Hawai‘i woods.  Students are challenged to construct artwork using a mixture of donated Hawai‘i-grown wood and other materials of their choice.

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The Student Challenge is coordinated by Steven Hill, IDSA, the 3DLab Director at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, School of Architecture.  The goal of the program is to expose students to a hands-on experience of design and production as well as familiarize them with the value of using locally sourced resources that will influence them in their future professions.

At the inaugural launch of I+I, 40 students participated from Moanalua High School and the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Department of Art and Art History and the School of Architecture.

For the 2018 I+I Student Challenge,  through donations from local wood suppliers, each student was provided with a similarly mixed bundle of locally-grown woods. Each student was challenged to construct a light sculpture.  Students from ‘Iolani School, Moanalua School, and both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and Department of Art and Art History participated in the Challenge.  This Challenge provided an opportunity for students to explore the process of working with Hawaii-grown woods. The student pieces were displayed at the Fishcake Gallery.

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