Kamehameha Schools and Oceanit – a major advocate for introducing computer coding to Hawai‘i schools – were recently honored witih the Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association.
The award celebrates entrepreneurs and companies that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to being a part of efforts to solve our state’s toughest problems.
Partnering to create system changes in Hawaiʻi’s education environment, Oceanit and KS introduced a revolutionary robotic software coding platform called “Altino,” designed to increase STEM engagement within K-12 schools in Hawai‘i.
“We are humbled to receive this recognition with Oceanit who led this effort. It’s a pleasure partnering with them in setting an ambitious goal to provide coding to all students in Hawai‘i through teachers. These skills create a foundation for our kumu and haumāna that will better prepare them in whatever career they pursue,” said Kamehameha Schools Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Lauren Nahme.
Several DOE complexes have already completed the Altino training and this summer the following complexes and KS campuses will participate:
West Hawai’i Complex
Altino is comprised of a multitude of system languages including Android, Arduino, and C++ that can be effectively used in lesson plans to make code learning interactive, inspiring, and fun.
The KS-Oceanit partnership included a meeting where students from Korea visited KSK Middle School to do a cultural exchange and demonstrate teaching coding with Altino autonomous cars manufactured by Oceanit’s partner, SaeOn, in South Korea.
The autonomous cars are being used to train teachers statewide so that someday every student in Hawaiʻi can be exposed to computer programming.