Tech Careers Day

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Each year, technology-based companies in the Maui Research and Technology Park open their doors to approximately 60 middle school students in Maui County. The popular two-day sessions are designed to introduce and motivate students toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

As the primary sponsor of Tech Careers Day, the Women in Technology Project partners with prominent technology-based companies such as Akimeka, Boeing, Maui High Performance Computing Center, Monsanto, Oceanit, Pacific Disaster Center and Textron, as well as the County of Maui, the U.S. Air Force, and University of Hawaii – Institute for Astronomy.

“Exposing students to STEM job opportunities during high school enable them to make critical curricular and extracurricular choices that can eventually lead to tech career paths in the future,” Mapu Quitazol, WIT Project Manager said. “It gets them thinking “I can do that!””

Day One begins with a panel of professionals, many of them graduates of Maui high schools, talking about “How I Got My Start,” followed by a hands-on engineering game.

Day Two allows students a rare opportunity to visit the observatories atop Haleakala, including facilities managed by the UH Institute for Astronomy and the Maui Space Surveillance Center operated by the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to bus transportation to and from the activities for all, WIT provides overnight accommodations for Hana, Molokai and Lanai students.

 

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