We were happy to have Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland visit our campus to learn more about what we have been up too.  It’s always great to sit down with our legislators and talk story about our students’ needs and how we, as a college, can have a greater impact in our community through a variety of partnership opportunities.

Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland and Team Hawai'i Robotics Ryan Yamada
Senator Suzanna Chun-Oakland and Team Hawai’i Robotics’ teammate (and recent graduate of HonoluluCC) Ryan Yamada

During her visit we went down to the Keiki Hau`oli Children’s Center and talked with Professor Linda Buck of our Early Childhood Education program about the new School Readiness bill and high quality childcare centers.  As we talked we got to enjoy some of the toddlers painting, and exploring different textures in a sand box.

Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland and Team Hawai'i Robotics Team

Next, we had the pleasure of meeting members of Team Hawai`i Robotics – a mixture of students from throughout the UH System of campuses.  Led by Construction Management Assistant Professor Norman Takeya, the students have competed nationally and internationally putting Hawai`i on the map as a major player in the robotics field.  They demonstrated their mini-bots and robot prototype for the upcoming VEX World Competition to be held in April 2014.

Team Hawaii Robotics bot
Team Hawaii Robotics bot

Every time we share with others the neat things our campus is doing, I always learn something new as well.  I admire the dedication of our faculty who are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep our students engaged while learning the skills they will need to be successful in the workplace.