Engaging Aspiring Engineers through Summer Academy

Creating STEM Opportunities for High School Students

Honolulu Community College
Billie K T Lueder, (808) 845-9187
Dir of Communications & External Affairs, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Jul 13, 2016

Summer Engineering Academy students at HART.
Summer Engineering Academy students at HART.
Summer Engineering Academy students.
Summer Engineering Academy students.

(Honolulu) – Imagine you are trapped on Mars with only scant materials available to you to figure out a way home. Engineers face these kinds of seemingly impossible tasks on a daily basis. For 44 high school students, including two from American Samoa, this was a scenario they had to figure out during a 6-week course at Honolulu Community College, sponsored by a grant from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  These students will be recognized and show off their inventions at a completion ceremony on Friday, July 15, 2016.


Summer Engineering Academy Showcase

Friday, July 15, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Honolulu Community College

Building 27, Rooms 111/116

Media inquiries may call Billie Lueder at (808) 295-2467


Students learned the basics of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer programming, including electronics, prototyping and writing code. In addition, they were introduced to college study skills, learned about the college admissions and financial aid process, and gained advanced math and science skills.  


Throughout the summer experience, students met with project engineers during a field trip to the HART Waipahu Transit Center, and heard from organizations such as the Board of Water Supply, Bowers and Kubota, Community Planning and Engineering, Inc., and the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture.


Honolulu Community College is committed to providing opportunities for students to learn more about career fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).