NexTech Hawaii’s programs provide Hawaii Island youth with opportunities designed to develop skills and introduce experiences that build leadership confidence.
Career Connected Learning
This is a critical part of our NexTech STEM mission to inspire students toward their desired careers and build professional ties for future learning and career experiences.
STEM Exploration Workshops
Our workshops offer a closer study of STEM subjects through hands-on activities and interaction with STEM professionals.
High school students are carefully paired with a STEM mentor. Younger students meet with mentors in small groups. Essential career skills (leadership, communication, collaboration) are emphasized, and students are offered interest assessments through tools like the Hawaii RIASEC Career Explorer.
FishTank Design Competition
FishTank is a first-of-its-kind program developed on Hawaii Island and inspired by the hit TV series “Shark Tank.” It is an annual STEM engineering design competition open to 6-12 grade students on Hawaii Island. Each competition focuses on a complex local issue, and teams compete for honors and awards, and curated learning opportunities. FishTank participants work on authentic issues and develop new engineering mindsets.
Our STEM-Lite Day Camp (grades 4-8) and Advance STEM Camp (grades 9-12) are multi-day events offering in-depth STEM-related skills training and project opportunities. At our camps, learners develop computer coding skills, CAD/3D printing, drone programming/ operation, robotics, engineering design, ecological field methods, resource stewardship, and leadership skills. STEM Camps are offered multiple times a year and evolve as new project ideas and lessons are developed by our team.