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KS Maui’s Fourth Annual Tech Slam allowed middle school students to explore their passion for technology and meet industry professionals like Michael Gorman KSM’12, a mechanical quality engineer with Apple.

KS Maui alumnus Michael Gorman shares Apple work experience with haumāna at Tech Slam

Feb. 13, 2019

Contributed by Ben Balberdi

Since graduating from Kamehameha Schools Maui in 2012, Michael Gorman has always wanted to give back to his alma mater and other Native Hawaiian students.

Now a mechanical quality engineer at Apple, Gorman finally got that opportunity last month as the keynote speaker at KS Maui’s annual Tech Slam conference – a series of educational seminars and training for middle school students featuring the latest software and guest speakers from the ever-evolving technology field. 

“It was a bit emotional for me because I was once in those seats as a student eager to learn,” said Gorman, who presented via video conference from his office in Cupertino, Calif. “Besides discussing my work at Apple and the pathway I took to get there, I also encouraged the students to get out in the world and chase their dreams.”

In addition to guest speakers like Gorman who offered insight into tech-related careers, students also took part in learning sessions featuring Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Tinkercad, stop-motion animation, GarageBand, Paper Circuits, coding with Scratch, virtual reality, and 3D printing.

Now it its fourth year, the conference is held in partnership with KS Maui’s middle school faculty and the Information Technology Department.

Students created stop-motion video with play dough. The session was taught by Lynne Horiuchi, a senior specialist in ITD’s Instructional Technology group.

Students used Adobe Illustrator and an Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter to create keychains, which were given as makana to guest presenters.

KS Maui Librarian Ketra Arcas held a session on how to feature your favorite books on Instagram.

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