This year marked our 3rd year as industry representatives in the 10th annual Hawaii STEM Conference. Educators and students from around Hawaii gathered at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu to immerse themselves in a dynamic and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event with over 1,000 junior high and high-school students and 300 teachers. The Pacific Point team volunteered in the “5x5 sessions (a sort of speed networking event where students were able to engage with over eighty STEM industry professionals to gain insights into a growing array of career pathways, personal experiences, and more) to connect with, inspire, and motivate students to pursue STEM careers.
I made it a mission of Pacific Point to cultivate the next generation of technology and business leaders. Getting involved in the Hawaii STEM Conference is a great program and speaking to these students in an informal setting during the 5x5 sessions is a fun way to get youth excited and interested about pursuing careers in technology. These students impress me so much! As they explained what they are creating and doing in their STEM programs, I felt energized knowing this generation is going to be doing great things for our community.
My team agrees: “It was surprising to see how much the students wanted to know about what we do. Several of them had prepared questions in advance as they met with us and other industry professionals.” said Reno Abihai, Sr. Director at Pacific Point. “It was interesting to me how thirsty for knowledge they were at such a young age. It was just inspiring to see how interested they were in STEM topics.” said Kaitlin Nelson, a Consultant at Pacific Point.
Great job STEM Works Hawaii!!