Family Science Events

The Family Science Events are meant to provide a cross-generational learning experience for parents and their children, in subjects that are part of the science curriculum.

Take a journey to the space frontier with your family.
Family Science Events provide a family learning experience in exciting human space flight, Earth and space science subjects that are connected to the curriculum. The hallmark of these performances is audience participation. You will leave with a sense of wonderment about our world, and the experience will spark discussions between family members for weeks afterwards.

Family Science Events provides parents a window on the education of their children, schools a way to build bridges to the familiar, and researchers an opportunity to share what it's like to work on the great frontier of space.The Family Science Events will be held at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center and will include ongoing planetarium shows, featured speakers, along with exhibit hall, dining room and gift shop open.

For disability accommodation, please contact Janice Harvey at 974-2603 no later than two weeks prior to the event.

Journey through the Universe with `Imiloa and KTA

  

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Family Science Day

Sunday, February 13, 2011
9am - 4pm at `Imiloa Astronomy Education Center Moanahoku Hall

9:30 - 10:15 am
Doris Daou
"The Moon at Home and in the Classroom!"

The past year has seen a plethora of new Lunar Education and Public Outreach programs and resources. From public outreach projects such as the 'International Observe the Moon Night' and 'MyMoon', citizen science projects such as 'MoonZoo', formal programs such as a suite of lunar teacher professional development workshops and the revitalized Lunar Sample Education Disk Program, the lunar community has been providing education and outreach opportunities for a diverse group of audiences across various platforms. We would like to show you some of the fun and exciting lunar Education and Public Outreach creations and invite you to join us in learning about and exploring "Our Moon".

10:30 - 11:15 am
Scott Fisher
“What’s up? – a Talk Story Hour about Recent Discoveries in Astronomy”

In this presentation Dr. Fisher will talk about some of the exciting recent discoveries made at observatories on the Big Island and from around the world. There will also be time for a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where the speaker will (attempt to) answer questions from the audience.

11:30 - 12:15 pm
Kevin Grazier
"Earthlings Invading Mars"

NASA currently has two orbiters and two landers operational at Mars, and will be adding to that number this year by launching a rover named Curiosity. Kevin Grazier discusses some of the recent results from Mars, and what we might expect from the next Earthly visitor to the Red Planet. 

12:15 - 1:15pm
Exhibitor viewing in Hall

Exhibits offered by the Observatories on Mauna Kea, NASA Lunar Space Institute, UHH Astrophysics Club, Visitor Information Station and many others will be open for viewing!

1:15 - 2:00pm
Brian Day
"The New Moon"

Our understanding of the Moon has changed dramatically due to results from a series of recent robotic lunar missions. Our old view of the Moon as an arid, static, and empty place has been replaced. Our new view of the Moon includes rich deposits of water ice, a wide variety of exotic compounds, a thin though potentially active atmosphere, and perhaps even a water cycle. This new understanding of our nearest neighbor in space has profound implications for understanding of our own origins and humanity’s future on the Moon.

2:15 - 3:00pm
Sandra Dawson
TMT - Thirty Meter Telescope

The Exciting Journey of TMT, Past, Present and Future

3:15 - 4:00pm
Drs. Tim and Stephanie Slater
"Seeing the Universe with Different Eyes"

Recent technology allows astronomers to see the dynamic Universe from many different viewpoints. This interactive and entertaining session demonstrates novel tools and techniques astronomers use to observe the Universe by looking at seemingly common everyday objects through modern eyes.

 

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Family Science Night

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
6pm - 9pm at University of Hawai'i at Hilo Theatre

The UHH Astrophysics Club along with Mauna Kea Observatories will set up booths in the lobby for public interactions.

7:00 - 8:00pm
Brad Bailey
“Astrobiology and Lunar Science: The Origins of Life (and a Scientist!)”

Craters on the Moon's surface provide us with a record of the explosive history of the inner solar system which had a direct effect on the evolution of life on Earth through giant impacts and resulting mass extinctions. Through studies of microbial life in submarine volcanoes, we can hypothesize that life may have began within the deep oceans and was protected within the rocks from large scale impacts during Earth's early history. Brad will talk about his scientific path that led him through his PhD work in astrobiology and how it relates to lunar and planetary science.

8:00 - 9:00pm

Scott Fisher

“What’s up? – Talk Story Hour about Recent Discoveries in Astronomy”

In this presentation Dr. Fisher will talk about some of the exciting recent discoveries made at observatories on the Big Island and from around the world. There will also be time for a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where the speaker will (attempt to) answer questions from the audience.