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Extra-curricular Enrichment

2010 UHM GEARUP Summer STEM Day

Workshops (top left, clockwise): 3D animation, bridge-building, "Magic Mud" and The Radar/Lidar Game

On Monday, June 14th, 2010, 59 Farrington High School juniors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program participated in four workshops coordinated by isisHawaii and featuring Hawaii-based advanced tech companies. Students learned more about STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related majors and careers by working with these active local professionals in a variety of fun, hands-on activities.

Workshops included:

  • “Storytelling Alice” – A 3D animation workshop, led by lead scientist, Chris Russell, and his team from Archinoetics – a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific research and development company with a focus on technologies that enhance human capabilities by fusing humans with computing, neuroscience, engineering, and physics. Students created short animated clips using a 3D application called, “Storytelling Alice.”
  • “Magic Mud” – Fun with Tony Lee from Eyegenix (a project of Cellular Bioengineering Inc.) using cornstarch and water to understand what a “suspension” is.
  • “Radar and Lidar JeopardyTM” – Cindy Matsuki and Luke Joseph from Oceanit play game show hosts in a lively round of Q&A to learn about radar and lidar technology. Oceanit is one of Hawaii’s largest and most diversified science and engineering companies.
  • “Bridge Building” – Cathering Stoupas, of the Society of Women Engineers proposed professional section, organized and developed this workshop to teach students “what isn’t engineering” and to learn the value of preplanning and cost-benefit analyses. Her volunteer team included 8 other women engineers from industry as well as from the UH SWE Collegiate Section.

Special thanks to Dr. Song Choi, Assistant Dean, UH Manoa College of Engineering, for the use of the Donald Kim Multimedia Lab and tech support.

Thanks to project coordinators, Adrianne Guerero and Joanne Tang, and GEARUP staff members for their support and the opportunity to serve!

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