IfA Hilo Outreach
Hawaiian Family AfFair (3/8/2008)
At the Seventeenth Annual Na Pua No'eau Hawaiian Family AfFair event on the UH Hilo campus, the IfA presented a display panel of astronomical images, flyers for upcoming events and a button making activity for the kids. Children were invited to color in one of several designs or create a design of their own, then have them pressed into a button with a mylar coating that they could wear. Many thanks to SEPO Assistant Kenyan Beals for his ideas and University Astrophysics Club members Sarah Stoebner, Heather Kaluna, Justin Goo, Hiroko Komiyama, Tony Ridenour and Jason Matz who helped us during the day.
The career pathways fair and summer opportunities expo was attended by over 400 high school students from around Hilo and Puna. The Institute for Astronomy hosted an interactive exhibit featuring an infrared camera and staffed by scientists, engineers and technicians at the IfA and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, who shared information with the students about their respective career fields and the educational pathway they traversed to work on Mauna Kea
Journey Through the Universe (2/1-8/2008)
The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy fielded five faculty, staff and grad students into classrooms around East Hawaii and Puna during the week. Dr Paul Coleman, Dr Colin Aspin, Joseph Masiero, Kenyan Beals and Gary Fujihara helped to communicate astronomy to K-12 students with Powerpoint presentations and activities. The program engages our community in sustained science, math and technology education in a celebration of human exploration: how we have come to know what we know about the Universe, and the joys of learning.
Kamehameha School Career Day (1/31/2008)
The office of Science Education and Public Outreach at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy were invited to participate in the career day for high school students at Kamehameha School Hawaii Campus in Kea'au. IRTF staff members Dr Bobby Bus, Tony Denault, Darryl Watanabe and Eric Warmbier joined Kenyan Beals, and brought an infrared camera, meteorite samples and some instrumentation.
Seventh Annual Onizuka Science Day (1/26/2008)
The Seventh Annual Ellison Onizuka Science Day was held today at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) campus. Our exhibit featured meteorite samples an Eye-Kea video kiosk, and tons of handouts. This year, Kenyan ran the workshops using the Meade meteorite kit. Mahalo for the assistance from UHH astronomy students Heather Kaluna and David Trang, and IfA postdoc Josh Walawender.
Science Education and Public Outreach (SEPO) Annual Report 01/01/06 - 12/31/06
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