ACManoa's Outreach Workshops

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ACManoa hosted two outreach workshops in ICSpace (POST 318B) earlier this month. The workshops provided students from the UH Information and Computer Science (ICS) program with the opportunity to mentor high school students interested in programming. Members of ACManoa took the opportunity to give back to the community and foster interest in the ICS program at the University.

During the first Outreach Workshop on April 1st, participants from Sacred Hearts and Kalani High School were introduced to the command line with bash, Java, and the git version control tool.

Deborah Kula (far left) with students from Sacred Hearts

The second workshop on April 2nd was an open coding session for students from Punahou High School. The Punahou students had been developing projects in Java for several weeks and this was a chance for them to hack away, ask questions, and receive mentorship. ACManoa strives to provide opportunities and environments that encourage people to be creative and bold.

A student from Punahou presents his project to students from UH Manoa: an enigma machine simulator written in Java

By the end of both days, high school students interested in computer science and in computer programming got to know students from the UH ICS program. It was a mutually benefiting experience that ACManoa hopes to reproduce in future outreach events with the community.

Students from Sacred Hearts with student mentors from UH Manoa

Thank you for a truly exciting and educational evening in ICSpace. We really appreciate all of the work that went into creating the event for us
-Deborah Kula, Sacred Hearts Academy

Douglas Kiang (far left) and students from his AP Computer Science course, with student mentors from UH Manoa

Thank you so much for hosting the Hackathon this past weekend. The students who attended really got a lot out of it and it was inspiring for them to see the members of your group at work on their own projects.
-Douglas Kiang, Punahou School

These are the UH students who volunteered for the opportunity to teach and mentor!

  • Jonathan Moroney – Graduate from the ICS program
  • Evelyn Pirnia – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Tor Nielsen – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Clay Nakamura – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Austin Tosato – Undergraduate from Engineering program
  • Mark Arakaki – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Alex Watanabe – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Kalani Sanidad – Undergraduate from the ICS program
  • Joseph Li – Undergraduate from the ICS program

And a big thank you goes out to the people who helped make these workshops possible!

  • Douglas Kiang – Douglas teaches AP Computer Science at Punahou high school
  • Deborah Kula – Deborah is the advisor for the Computer Science Club at the Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Bryan Silver – Bryan teaches engineering and science at Kalani High School, and is the advisor for their Robotic’s team.
  • Gerald Lau – Gerald is the undergraduate advisor for Information and Computer Science at UH Manoa