High School Students Get Hands-On at Summer Engineering Academy

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DSC01015Sixty aspiring engineers showcased their skills as a part of the Summer Engineering Academy at Honolulu Community College. The visual events included a demonstration of their self-constructed drumming robots, launching of carbon fiber rockets, and 3-D printer replicas.

“We are excited to provide high school students with this unique summer learning opportunity at Honolulu Community College,” says Karen Lee, Executive Director, Hawaiʻi P-20 Partnerships for Education. “We are supportive of STEM initiatives that help students explore their science and math interests while exposing them to life 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:  ʻAiea, Campbell, Castle, Damien, Farrington, Hilo, ʻIolani, Kahuku, Kaimuki, Kaiser, Kalaheo, Kalani, Kamehameha, Kapolei, McKinley, Mililani, Moanalua, Radford, Roosevelt, Scared Hearts Academy, Waiʻanae and Waipahu.

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. 2013-06-20 22.05.12

During the six-week program, students visited the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Engineering, Kiewit Building Group, and the Pearl Harbor Naval 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, a section on college readiness gave students tips and guidance as they prepare for successful entry into college.

“The primary goal of the program is to give these students the opportunity for career exploration,” shares Norman Takeya, Honolulu CC Assistant Professor and Summer Engineering Academy coordinator.

The Summer Engineering Academy is funded by the College Access Challenge Grant, which is managed by Hawaiʻi P-20 Partnerships for Education, Carl D. Perkins funding for Career and Technical Education programs, Fujio Matsuda Technology Training and Education Center, NASA Space Grant Hawaiʻi Consortium, and Construction Management Association of America Hawaiʻi Chapter.

View the photo gallery on Flicker here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjH6kqCa

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