proGramminG and Sciences pilot program invites students in Hawaii to increase their digital literacy by building computers

A group of students from Nānākuli high school in Hawaii were part of the new proGramminG and Sciences (HIGGS) pilot program, where they were mentored by Professor Philip von Doetinchem (University of Hawaii) to learn about building and working with computers. Throughout the event, the students learned how to use Raspberry Pi computers, build up simple systems with multiple sensors and write code to control them.

The hands-on pilot program allowed the students to work with cameras and sensors to read temperature, humidity and natural radioactivity. The main purpose of the program is to support high school students to go beyond their current digital skills and gain a deeper understanding of computers and devices in order to increase their digital literacy as well as programming level.

The event was organized by Doetinchem’s National Science Foundation CAREER award with the support of the UH Mānoa Office for Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED).

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