Design Technology and Engineering
Awards

DTE Distinction


What is a Distinction?
Learn more here.
What makes a Distinction Different from an Award?
  • Number of recipients is based on the students who can attain the level or rigor. There is no limit.
  • Multi-year process
  • You decide whether it will be earned. You are in the driver’s seat.
  • You work with the Centers on this pathway for learning
  • Connects and includes various disciplines and activities around the mission of the different Centers.
Why Pursue a Distinction?
  • Get “credit” for all you do outside the classroom
  • Follow an area of personal passion
  • Receive high level mentorship from Center Directors
  • Give college a quick and easy way to know you.
  • Utilize all the resources from the Centers

Process

What to Do and When to Do It
Grade 9 – 10 before class selection deadlines:
  • Pick a path
  • Incorporate your classes into your four year plan by working with your dean
  • Decide when and how you will meet other requirements and use the DT website to find and reach out to people who can offer you guidance in the area you pick.
  • Sign up for a mentorship meeting Friday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. via webex and/or schedule an appointment with Mr. Loveman by sending an email to tloveman@punahou.edu.

Grade 10
  • Attend start of school mentorship meeting on Friday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. via webex and/or schedule an appointment with Mr. Loveman by sending an email to tloveman@punahou.edu.
  • Meet with your mentor as needed to get questions answered.
  • Double check you are on track to meet all the requirement in the time you have left in your four year plan before class selection for 11th grade year

Grade 11
  • Attend start of school mentor meeting on Friday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. via webex and/or schedule an appointment with Mr. Loveman by sending an email to tloveman@punahou.edu.
  • Meet with your mentor as needed to get questions answered and work on your portfolio.
  • Meet with your mentor before class selection to be sure you have signed up for any courses you still need

Grade 12
  • Attend start of the year mentor meeting on Friday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. via webex and/or schedule an appointment with Mr. Loveman by sending an email to tloveman@punahou.edu.
  • Submit intention to apply for award form by December break 
  • Meet with mentor to prepare for panel review/ award presentation
  • Come to your assigned presentation time prepared to present your four years of work and support your application by answering questions from the Centers leadership panel.

Requirements

Final portfolio will require at least 3 pieces of evidence demonstrating growth toward each competency.
Required Steps
  • Six semesters of DT coursework
    • EX:  GSD Engineering or Product Design thread (year –equivalent to E&R 1+2- ) Robotics and Engineering 1 and 2 (SEM), Engineering 3 (either variant) , Engineering 4, Engineering 5,  AP Computer Science (year) Coding App(SEM), VR/AR, Elements of Design,  Adv Computer Science, Introduction to Computer Science, Voyaging, App Development
  • Cumulative portfolio of coursework and extra curricular work (Template and exemplars available) Sample portfolio, Sample Application for Defense
  • Cumulative SEEL growth reflections and goals as part of portfolio
One or more of the following
  • Four semesters of active participation in DT sponsored clubs (Robotics, VR, DTech fabrication, Coding, Tech Entrepreneurship*, Voyaging, or others
  • Two semesters of DT coursework in addition to six required (any DT departmental course you have not taken/used for other requirements ) (some other departments may offer classes that can work here on a case by case basis)
  • Completion of DT focused (Kilohana*) capstone
  • Arranged independently designed experiences with equivalent hours and DT curricular focus on case by case basis.

Benefits

  • Earn Department’s highest award
  • Document your sustained commitment to rigorous study to include with University applications
  • Prepare yourself for strong programs at the university level
  • Make positive contribution to the community while at Punahou
  • Receive a custom recognition trophy fabricated in the Ken Richardson Learning Lab
  • Have your name added to the distinction award board on permanent display in KRLL
  • Challenge yourself to achieve at the highest level in areas you are passionate about.
  • Enjoy the incredible experiences you will have in our classes and clubs
  • Work with a mentor(s) who are dedicated to helping your personal journey be meaningful

Members

List of 2 items.

  • 2021 – 2022

    Carter Che ’22
     
    Alex Liu
     
    Josh Lee

    Beren Wong
  • 2020 – 2021

    Kawai Kelekolio ’21
    • Design Technology and Engineering Service Club founder and President
    • Active on two robotics teams over five years – team leader and lead fabricator
    • Voyaging Class leader and Club leader. Lead fabrication of tackle blocks for the new Canoe’s rigging
    • Leader for Engineering 4 train project
    • Founded Punahou ROTC unit robotics team
    • Volunteer in KRLL supporting other students
    • Scheduled to work as TA in upcoming summer program