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


The event was organized by PUEO (Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities) a Keaukaha nonprofit focused on creating opportunities for underserved youth. PISCES has been working closely with PUEO and its sister nonprofit, RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Excellence), to offer an after school robotics club for Keaukaha students. Two undergraduate mentors from the club brought their custom-built robots to share with visitors of the career fair. 

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