Kapaa High computer club fundraising for trip to Silicon Valley

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jake Reilly, president of the Computer Science Club at Kapaa High School, discusses the beeps and sounds a computer makes during a club meeting Thursday at the school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jake Reilly, president of the Computer Science Club at Kapaa High School, uses a projected image to talk about a computer’s motherboard Thursday during a club meeting at the school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Computer Science Club at Kapaa High School, including ‘Loroan, Tomas Sanchez, Ehyn Ho‘opi‘i, Mariana Ballesteros, Cody Andrews, Jouch Fritsch, Gavyn Perez, Chase Shope and Jake Reilly meet at the future site of the Kapaa High School AP computer science classroom Thursday afternoon.

KAPAA — One high school student is taking technology to a higher level, byte by byte.

Senior Jake Reilly is president of Kapaa High School’s very first Computer Science Club, which began in January.

The club tackles topics ranging from computer production and repair to coding applications and websites.

“We started our club to create a place for those with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to collaborate and learn together,” Reilly said.

The curriculum — based on the four STEM disciplines — is creating more opportunities for Kapaa students.

“I’ve always had a passion for STEM education, and started the club to provide access to computer science to my peers,” Reilly said.

The club meets every Thursday after school. It plans to travel to the Mainland to learn more about real-life applications and realistic career options.

It has one main project underway, which is a club trip to Silicon Valley, California, Reilly said.

He is working with the San Francisco-based nonprofit Hack Club to organize a trip between Feb. 16 and 21 to show members what it’s like to work in a career in STEM.

Hack Clubs are places where students learn to code and build together. Each hour-long workshop walks students through the process of building a website, application or game for a fully functional online project.

Each workshop provides a starting point for a project, where students need to add and change features to build a better understanding of stack overflow, bug fixing and more. The philosophy is that the most effective way to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript technologies is by becoming a self-taught programmer.

The high school club is in talks with YouTube, LinkedIn and a multitude of startups to coordinate office tours and discussion sessions with experts on their staffs.

It also confirmed tours with companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Facebook, Twitch.TV and (code editor) Sourcegraph, to show the students what a position in a STEM-based career would really be like, Reilly said.

Fundraisers are being planned for students to travel to the national event and benefit from interactions with programmers and technology experts. The club has created a GoFundMe account and plans to schedule car washes.

5 Comments
  1. Sunrise_blue November 22, 2017 12:01 pm Reply

    Good idea. But what is with your island’s politics? They are fail status. Read past articles on Matson company.

    Hope it works out.


  2. Sunrise_blue November 22, 2017 12:30 pm Reply

    I can add. Politics. Reaching the fail status crew. STEM is a good thing. Make it a requirement to graduate if you join a club as this. And not just for the looks on a yearbook page.


  3. Sunrise_blue November 22, 2017 12:50 pm Reply

    So on your island’s politics. So on O-B-A-M-A. Ridiculous.

    Hope it’s a success. The club.


  4. Sunrise_blue November 22, 2017 12:54 pm Reply

    Ok. “You want to do better? Be a role model. I already went to that night club.”

    Do it.


  5. Miguel Esperanza November 22, 2017 5:20 pm Reply

    Anything like you are on Eastern coast?

    How about NYC,NY?


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