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High School Students get Hands-On at Summer Engineering Academy
High School Students get Hands-On at Summer Engineering Academy

The following information is provided by UH Honolulu Community College:

This Thursday, thirty aspiring engineers will compete in individual and team games as a part of the first-ever Engineering Academy at Honolulu Community College. The visual events will include: a water balloon launch, spaghetti bridge building, a surveying obstacle course, and a mouse and sumo robot competition.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Honolulu Community College in Building 2, Room 614.

"We are excited to provide high school students with the unique summer learning opportunity at Honolulu Community College," says Karen Lee, Executive Director, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. "We are supportive of STEM initiatives that help students explore their science and math interests while exposing them to live on a college campus. Both of these components are essential to their knowledge of what it means to be college- and career-ready."

Students range from sophomores to seniors, representing schools such as Campbell, Kapolei, Mililani, Punahou, Iolani, and Mid-Pacific Institute, to name a few. Only three out of the thirty students had any prior experience in robotics.

The program is designed to teach applied engineering skills that include mechatronics: a multidisciplinary field of engineering that integrates various areas to optimize a product's functionality.

During the four-week program, students visited the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Engineering and the Pearl Harbor Navla Shipyard Engineering department. Through these experiences many of the participants have been able to pinpoint the area of concentration they wish to pursue in the engineering field.

In addition, the program offers a section on college readiness, giving students tips and guidance as they prepare for successful entry into college.

"One student is now motivated to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) which two weeks ago he wasn't even interested in taking. He plans to change his math courses for the next school year so that he will be prepared to apply for the College of Engineering at UH Manoa. That was a primary goal of the program, to give these students the opportunity for career exploration," shares Norman Takeya, Honolulu CC Assistant Professor and Engineering Academy coordinator.

The Engineering Academy was funded by the College Access Challenge Grant, which is managed by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for education and Perkins funding for career and Technical Education programs.

 

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