SAME Honolulu Post Inspires Future Engineers in 2011

A key mission of the SAME Honolulu Post is to ensure that there are future generations of engineers to defend and build our nation. The Post accomplishes this through college outreach and youth programs that build relationships between Post members and students. The Post is an active organization, participating in and organizing year-round outreach activities.  In the first quarter of 2011, these activities included:

SAME Engineering Merit Badge Program. Capt. Jeremiah Gipson, USA, a Honolulu Post Young Member, coordinated an Engineering Merit Badge Program for the 27 scouts of Boy Scout Troop 147 in Aiea, Hawaii, on Feb. 5. SAME volunteers talked to the scouts about different types of engineering and conducted hands-on energy conservation and design projects.  The scouts also researched and discussed engineering efforts undertaken to construct the H3 highway connecting Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe. The scouts were excited to discover that many of the skills required to become an engineer are the same that interest them most in school.

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The Engineering Merit Badge Program was conducted as a joint effort between the SAME Honolulu Post and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District. Both organizations participate in various programs that support elementary and high school initiatives related to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology) Educational Coalition.

SAME Student Chapter Resume Writing Workshop. A resume writing workshop was conducted for members of the SAME Student Chapter at the University of Hawaii on Feb. 2.  The workshop was given by Todd Barnes, Chief of Engineering and Construction of USACE Honolulu District, and was conducted in coordination with the Engineering College Fair held annually in February on the University of Hawaii Campus.

MATHCOUNTS Regional and State Tournaments. Honolulu Post volunteers served as competition facilitators and assisted in the scoring of tournament examinations in February and March.  Currently in its 28th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships, involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students.  The SAME Honolulu Post is a proud partner of the Hawaii MATHCOUNTS program.

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VEX Robotics Tournament—Engineer Week 2011. Working in conjunction with the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies, the Honolulu Post provided judges for the “Build” and “Innovation” awards at the Engineer Week 2011 VEX Robotics Tournament on Feb. 20.  Tournament winners qualified to participate in the World VEX Championships to be held in Orlando, Fla., in April 2011.

Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair. The Honolulu Post recognizes outstanding engineering projects in the Senior Research and Junior Display categories at the annual event.  The Post also presents a $500 cash prize to an outstanding teacher.  SAME members also serve as judges, assisting the Hawaii Academy of Science in selecting Hawaii student representatives to the International Science and Engineering Fair.


Iris Terashima, Honolulu Post Youth Programs Chair
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