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You, your friends, and your families are invited to our next TOPS star
party on February 17 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Dillingham Field. We' ll
begin with a potluck at 5:00. Please RSVP to Mary at email@example.com
if you plan to come. In case of bad weather, the party will be cancelled.
We will try to post the status on the TOPS
2000 newsletter Web page (www.ifa.hawaii.edu/tops/tops2000/feb01.html).
[STATUS - the star party is ON.]
Help for Forrest Luke
As a reminder, we are still requesting help for Forrest Luke's star
parties. Forrest has been a strong supporter for TOPS, and it would be
nice to return the favor. He has committed to help at these events but
has no assistance.
If you can bring a telescope, that would be great. Otherwise, we can
get an IFA telescope. For those of you in school astronomy clubs, one
of these activities might make a good club event. You can contact
Forrest at Leilehua High School at 622-6550 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feb 27 Tue at Pearl Harbor Elementary (next to Moanalua Shopping Center)
- Mar 14 Wed at Aliamanu Elementary
- Mar 16 Fri at Red Hill Elementary
TOPS 2001 Status
- Teachers, we are still looking for a few good teacher applicants
for TOPS 2001. Please help us recruit teachers. Prospective
applicants can contact Bev for information
- The first pre-workshop meeting will be held at the Bishop Museum on
Saturday March 10. If any of you teachers would like to come and
share advice and tips with our new teachers, please contact Bev.
- The second meeting will be held on Saturday April 7, also at
Bishop. This will be mostly a star party. We will have several
teachers from neighbor islands and would like them to be able to stay
past the times that the last flights leave. Would any of you be able to
host a teacher at your home overnight? Please contact Bev.
(Clicking on these links will bring up tentative schedules for each
TOPS Outreach Update
- X-Treme Science Exhibit-
Karen, Beverly and Mary developed hands on activities for the X-Treme
Science exhibit now showing at the Bishop Museum. This program
highlights science areas of strength in Hawaii: oceanography,
volcanology and astronomy. Karen is one of several UH/IfA astronomers
featured in the exhibit. In addition to creating hands-on activities,
Bev and Karen participated in an all-day workshop at the museum on
2/03/01 to highlight these activities. (Bev's note: I've
been to the exhibit twice, and it's just plain fun.)
- Students, ask your teachers to arrange a field trip to the exhibit,
or visit with your family, friends, or science/astronomy club.
- Teachers - show your teacher ID to get into the exhibit free. With
your visit you can get a notebook full of K-6 or 7-12 educational
activities developed for the exhibit. The following activities
developed by TOPS staff are available to download from the TOPS Web
site. (If you have problems or would like Word files, please contact
- Pacific Science Symposium - Karen and IfA Director, Rolf
Kudritzki were panelists with Nainoa Thompson at the Pacific Symposium for Science and
Sustainability on Fri 2/9/01. At this symposium, high school
students from Hawaii and the Pacific islands gave scientific papers at
a conference patterned after professional conferences. Sponsored by
the Hawaiian Academy of Science, paper deadlines are in early December
each year. Plan to have your students submit papers for this exciting
program next year; the first place winner gets a $4,000 college
scholarship, and the finalists get a trip to the mainland to present
their work at a national science conference. Maybe a TOPS observing
project could become a science fair project and evolve into a paper for
this program. Karen was also the banquet speaker for the conference
- IfA Hilo Openhouse - The Institute for Astronomy's new Hilo
facility will be dedicated on Friday 2/23/01. In honor of this
occasion, there will be an open house on Saturday 2/24/01. All
teachers are invited to attend for hands-on activities, tours and
- Archaeoastronomy Field Trip - During spring break (Mar 26
and 27), TOPS teacher Elaine Mahoney ('99, '00) is taking Mililani HS
students on a field trip to the big island to meet up with Karen and an
archaeoastronomer from England, Clive Ruggles, to do some field work at
Cape Kumukahi, to help prepare for the site visit at TOPS 2001.
- Pacific Education Conference - PREL - Kurt Woolslayer ('99,
'00, '01)and Caleb Parsons ('00, '01) are planning a TOPS-related
workshop for the PREL PEC Conference in Guam this summer. If there are
other teachers planning to go to this meeting, please let us know so we
can coordinate our activities.
UH College Credits
KJM to update status for last year; Bev - update status on forms for this year?
Latest Astronomy News
The NASA NEAR mission has successfully touched down on the surface of
asteroid Eros!! You can read all about this at the NEAR website or you can download a pdf
version of the
Press Release here.
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New Internet Resource
There is an excellent internet resource called FirstScience which is a valuable free resource to teachers.
This site carries short articles of topical interest to TOPS.
Reminder: All the TOPS newsletters are included on the
- For mail to Karen or Bev: Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn
Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822.
- For email to Karen: email@example.com. Karen will
be conducting research in Chile until December 7, so she may not get to
check her mail as often as usual.
- For email to Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For email to Bev: email@example.com (no
attachments) or firstname.lastname@example.org
(multiple attachments on one email). Bev will be on vacation November
- For phoning Bev: (808) 487-0635 (office), (808) 486-1599 (fax),
(808) 226-8703 (cell).