Founded in 1841, the Punahou School places core principles derived from Hawaiian culture at the heart of its mission. The Honolulu, Hawaii, school instills the vision of “Kuleana” – one’s responsibility and duty to their community – within the classroom and the curriculum.
For decades, Punahou has been positioned as an innovator within STEM education by helping to develop engineers and computer science experts, who later graduate into some of the world’s most prestigious universities. With an overwhelming focus on giving back to their direct community and Hawaii as a state, Punahou has been constantly innovating its curriculum with a “project-first” mentality driven to help the local community.
The school’s Director of Design Technology and Engineering Taryn Loveman joined Punahou 6 years ago and was charged with creating a computer science, engineering, and industrial design curriculum for the K-12 students. Through trials of various other CAD platforms, Taryn started using Onshape and in 2021, Punahou signed up for their own Onshape Education Enterprise plan.
Taryn chose to go with an Onshape Education Enterprise account to further implement Onshape into the Punahou curriculum. The Onshape Education Enterprise offers a variety of organization and management tools allowing educators to further organize their students into classrooms, manage assignments, view student analytics, and more. From an administrative perspective, the Onshape Education Enterprise allows for Single Sign-On (SSO) integration as well as user permission management to better control who can and can’t have certain access and permissions.
I had the chance to sit down with Taryn to learn more about their direct communal efforts and how Onshape is playing a role in Punahou’s vision of “Kuleana” both in the classroom and throughout Hawaii.