Sixty 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.