Equipped with GPS units, 90 Waipahu Intermediate School students were on the hunt for various UH Manoa locations–including Hawaii Hall, Campus Center, Ka Leo and Varney Circle–on Tuesday, October 27. The hands-on, high-tech scavenger hunt aimed to introduce and increase student interest in GPS technology while exposing the group to the 320-acre University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
Co-sponsored by isisHawaii and GEAR UP Waipahu, the project is spearheaded by Women in Technology’s GeoTech for Hawaii Schools program, a statewide initiative to integrate the use of geospatial technology into local K-12 schools. GeoTech for Hawaii Schools encourages hands-on learning and real-world application of the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing technologies.
Thanks to an unprecedented partnership agreement between ESRI, the world’s leading GIS software developer, Women in Technology and the Hawaii State Department of Education, all public and private K-12 students statewide now have free access to state-of-the-art, industry standard GIS software. While at the UH Manoa campus, representatives from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) also showcased the use of GIS, GPS and RS technologies within these areas of study. Students were also given a brief overview on how to prepare for admission to the Manoa campus.
GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program that aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared for higher education. For more information about GEAR UP Waipahu, visit www.manoa.hawaii.edu/gearup/waipahu