Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIKE

"In doing, one gains Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering"

ʻIKE Student Symposium
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Windward Community College - Hale ʻĀkoakoa 101-105

The ʻIKE Program, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Engineering Consortium, held the 1st Annual ʻIKE Student Symposium. The symposium was an exciting event featuring the students of ʻIKE and their Summer Engineering Experiences (SEE) projects and Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) projects.

138 current ʻIKE students, faculty members, prospective students, families, Native Hawaiian organizations, and engineering industry members attended. Our hope was to create lasting connections between the students, UH campuses, Native Hawaiian community, and engineering community in Hawaiʻi

Welcome to Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIKE!

What does ʻIKE mean to you?

WCC Hulili Program performs Welcoming Oli

ʻIKE Symposium Attendees


Poster Session

SEE1 and SEE2 students created posters representing experiences at their respective programs. SEE1 students demonstrated electric guitars they built during SEE1. SEE2 students demonstrated the various electrical and circuit concepts they learned with their Letry cars to . 26 students from SEE1 (13) and SEE2 (13) participated in the symposium.

Seven URE posters (10 students) were also displayed during the poster session. Topics included: Information Science Education Opportunities in STEM Programs of Hawaiʻi, University Student Launch Initiative, Identifying Variable Objects in Star-Forming Regions using data from IRIS, Orbital Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System, Remote Robotic Intervention, 2012 Cansat Competition, and Asymmetrical Capacitor Thruster in Microgravity.

URE student presenting her poster to attendees

URE student presenting his poster to attendees

SEE1 students talking to attendees about their electric guitars

YouTube clip of poster session


Oral Presentations

Eight (8) oral presentations were given at the symposium. Five presentations (17 students) were given by the 2012 SEE3 on various aspects of their SEE3 program including Aquaponics, Creative Design Suite, Huakaʻi Adventure, Wind Turbine, and Electric Vehicle. Three presentations (8 students) were given by UH Mānoa senior engineering students involved in research projects including the Tesla Turbine Power Unit, Baja SAE, and the 2012 SAE Supermileage Design Team.

YouTube video of SEE3 oral presentations (Part 1 of 2)

YouTube video of SEE3 oral presentations (Part 2 of 2)

SEE3 students presenting on their Aquaponics project.

SEE3 students presenting on the Electric Vehicle project.

SEE3 students presenting on their Huakaʻi

UH Mānoa Senior Research project presentation


Panel Discussion

Five professionals were invited to the symposium to participate in a panel discussion to share with students their stories and experiences of being a STEM student and in their STEM careers. The panelists included:

  • Oceana Francis, Assistant Professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jonathan Ching, Halawa Luluku Interpretive Project
  • Timothy Lum Yee, Project Engineer at HDR, Inc
  • Kawai Mar, Engineer at Kiewit
  • John Luʻuwai, Engineer at Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

YouTube video of panel discussion (Part 1 of 2)

YouTube video of panel discussion (Part 2 of 2)