Telescopes, robots and additive manufacturing were among the highlights of a career fair organized by PUEO’s STEM Mentorship Program at UH’s Institute for Astronomy (IFA) in Hilo last month.  Students from Keaau to Honokaa talked with scientists, engineers and outreach specialist in various STEM careers to find out about career opportunities on the island.

IMG-0222The event was organized by PUEO (Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities)—a Keaukaha nonprofit focused on creating opportunities for underserved youth—as part of its new mentorship program. 

PISCES has been working closely with PUEO and its sister nonprofit, RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Excellence), to offer an afterschool robotics club for Keaukaha students. Two college student mentors from the club brought their custom-built robots to share with event visitors. 

Mentors from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Gemini Observatory, East Asian Observatory, Subaru Telescope and IFA attended and supported the event.