Pathway to Purpose

Robotics and Rapid Prototyping

Course Description

In this opportunity, students get to work directly with marine scientists and local organizations to learn about problems in our area and create solutions to solve it. Students gain key knowledge and skills that will give them a leg up in this industry. 

You'll learn and use the Design Thinking Process to create a project to positively impact your community. Participants will have several opportunities to pitch their ideas for essential feedback with leading industry professionals. Students will also gain technical skills by designing and building Marine Science solutions at Leeward Community College.

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Course Objectives and impacts

  • Work in person or at home to design and create your own underwater robot (ROV)
  • Learn about uses for robotics and create your own solutions
  • Build and refine your designs in person or remotely
  • Test ROV in ocean
  • Learn about robotics jobs in Hawaii and beyond
  • Receive feedback and advice from leading scientists and engineers in Hawaii

Course Logistics

  • Industry Professional: Variety of scientists & engineers
  • Education Leader: Bill Labby
  • Peer Mentor: Sincere Bolling
  • Meeting Times: Saturdays from 9am-12pm, January 28th - May 19th, 2023
  • First Day of Class: Saturday January 28th at 9am
  • ‍Final Showcase: Friday May 19th, 2023 @ 4:30PM