Journey through the Universe 2014
See Gemini Observatory's webfeature on Journey 2013
Download Journey 2013 overview booklet
Journey through the Universe (Journey) Week: March 6 – 14, 2014
Master Educators/Astronomers' Workshop: 8:30am – 12pm
Journey STEM conference and workshops: 8am – 2:45pm
`Imiloa's 8th Annual KTA Family Free Day with Journey through the Universe: 9am – 4pm at `Imiloa Astronomy Center.
Astronomy Educators will make classroom visits to Participating Schools
Hawai'i Chambers of Commerce Appreciation Event: 5pm – 8pm at Hilo Yacht Club.
Developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities – students, teachers, families, and the public – using educational programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. The initiative supports sustained Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in local schools, and is a celebration of exploration and the joy of learning.
The Hilo/Waiakea Complex, located on the island of Hawai'i and home of Mauna Kea Observatories, joined the Journey through the Universe program in June 2004 and is one of 10 communities in the nation that are designated Journey through the Universe sites. More ...
Family Science Events
Environments where families learn science together with hands-on activities. Local and national scientists give short presentations on interesting topics in astronomy and space exploration throughout the event.
`Imiloa's 8th Annual KTA Family Free Day, Sunday, March 9, 2014, 9am – 4pm
at `Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
Exhibits from the Observatories on Mauna Kea, NASA Lunar Space Institute, UHH Astrophysics Club, Visitor Information Station and many others will be open for viewing!
Astronomy Educators Reception, Monday, March 10, 2014, 5pm – 8pm at Hilo Yacht Club
Sponsored by Hawai'i Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and Industry of Hawai'i
Friday, March 7, 2014: `Imiloa Astronomy Center
Facilitate common understandings of key concepts and strategies for effective science education among master educators and professional scientists for preparation for classroom visits.
Master Educators Workshop: 8am – 12pm
Each local school selects one Master Educator to represent the participating teachers for the school.
Science Educators Workshop: 10am – 12pm (joining the Master Educators)
See the workshop flier!
The combined Master Educator and Astronomy Educator Workshop is designed to help astronomers enhance and focus their classroom visits by working side by side with Master Educators. Astronomers are encouraged to bring their classroom presentation materials to this workshop to get valuable feedback from classroom experts. This workshop dramatically improves the impact of astronomers’ and scientists’ classroom visits.
Astronomy Educators and Science Educators are volunteering astronomers, engineers, and faculty from astronomical institutions and colleges, both local and national.
Saturday, March 8, 2014: `Imiloa Astronomy Center
Journey STEM conference and workshops: 8am – 2:45pm
A must see video on Journey 2012 (password: jttu)See the Bios of Astronomy/Science Educators
The Journey Science Team
Andy Adamson, Gemini Observatory
Nobuo Arimoto, Subaru Telescope
Doug Arion, Carthage University
Brad Bailey, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Kenyan Beals, Hawai'i Electric and Light Company
Matt Benjamin, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jennie Berghuis, Subaru Telescope
Dan Birchall, Subaru Telescope
Kimberly Brenton, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Jon Brown, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Antonio Chrysostomou, Joint Astronomy Centre
Paul Coleman, UH Institute for Astronomy
Steve Colley, Subaru Telescope
Doris Daou, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Kristina Davis, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Sandra Dawson, Thirty Meter Telescope
Brian Day, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Jeff Donahue, Gemini Observatory
Greg Doppmann, W. M. Keck Observatory
Anil Dosaj, Submillimeter Array
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini Observatory
Ryan Felix, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Scott Fisher, University of Oregon
Suzanne Frayser, Subaru Telescope
Gary Fujihara, UH Institute for Astronomy
Roy Gal, UH Institute for Astronomy
Tom Geballe, Gemini Observatory
Jesse Goldman, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Jeff Goldstein, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Taras Golota, Subaru Telescope
William Gorman, Subaru Telescope
Tomotsugu Goto, UH Institute for Astronomy
Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope
John Hamilton, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
Saeko Hayashi, Subaru Telescope
Stephanie Henry, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Michael Hoenig, Gemini Observatory
Stewart Hunter, Mauna Kea Support Services
Ryoko Ishioka, Subaru Telescope
Eric Jeschke, Subaru Telescope
Russell Kackley, Subaru Telescope
Rob Kelso, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Art & Rene Kimura, Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium/ UH Manoa
Ka‘iu Kimura, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
Markus Kissler-Patig, Gemini Observatory
Scot Kleinman, Gemini Observatory
Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
Bernhard Laurich, Hawai‘i Community College
Nancy Levenson, Gemini Observatory
Ramsey Lundock, Subaru Telescope
R. Pierre Martin, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Frantz Martinache, Subaru Telescope
Tony Matulonis, Gemini Observatory
Shannon McConnell, Jet Propulsion Lab/NASA
Richard McDermid, Gemini Observatory
Callie McNew, Onizuka Center Visitor Information Station
Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
Joseph Minafra, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Brian Mitchell, NASA Lunar Science Institute
Janet Nathani, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center
Harriet Parsons, Joint Astronomy Centre
Geoff Patterson, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Christopher Phillips, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
Derrick Pitts, Franklin Institute Science Museum
Stephen Pompea, NOAO
Tae-Soo Pyo, Subaru Telescope
Ramprasad Rao, Submillimeter Array
Bo Reipurth, UH Institute for Astronomy
Julie Renaud-Kim, W.M. Keck Observatory
Adam Rengstorf, Purdue University
Luca Rizzi, W.M. Keck Observatory
Kathy Roth, Gemini Observatory
Sharon Schleigh, Purdue University
Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Gordon Squires, Thirty Meter Telescope
Sunny Stewart, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Nathan Sump, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Aaron Tamura-Sato, UH Manoa Mathematics
Holly Thomas, Joint Astronomy Centre
Marcel Tognetti, Gemini Observatory
John Tuakalau, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Kumiko Usuda, Subaru Telescope
Bernie Walp, Gemini Observatory
Jonathan Williams, UH Institute for Astronomy
Josh Williams, Subaru Telescope
Greg Wirth, W.M. Keck Observatory
Matthew Wung, Subaru Telescope
Sylvana Yelda, University of California Los Angeles
Lead Local Team
- Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
- Valerie Takata, Department of Education
- Bess Jennings, Department of Education
- Christine Copes, Gemini Observatory
- Ka‘iu Kimura, `Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
- Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
- Darrell Nekoba, Department of Education
Ambassadors play a very important role in the Journey through the Universe program. Our ambassador team represents members of the community who choose to help inspire our youth and support unique educational opportunities in science education. Ambassadors help facilitate one day (or more) events as follows:
- Make arrangements with assigned Astronomy Educator to meet or to carpool if appropriate
- Assist the Astronomy/Science Educator with transport, setup and breakdown of classroom materials and/or AV equipment
- Introduce the Astronomy/Science Educator to the class and help monitor their time to end on schedule
- Distribute a Classroom Visit Assessment form to the teacher(s)
If you are interested in being an ambassador for one day (or more!) please contact Christine Copes, firstname.lastname@example.org (974-2531) or Janice Harvey, email@example.com (974-2603).
Download flyer for interested individuals.
The Gemini Observatory, the Hawai'i Department of Education Hilo/Waiakea Complex, `Imiloa and the observatories on Mauna Kea would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organizations and individuals for their generous donations of funding, space, time and donations.
The success of the Journey through the Universe program is largely dependent on our donors and we appreciate their invaluable contributions. The Journey through the Universe Local Team invites you to support this endeavor and our community with your contribution. Please contact jharvey"at"gemini.edu.
A live video conference connecting local Hilo students with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station prompted many questions.
Local student Kiani Nishimoto, an eighth grade student from Waiakea Intermediate School on the Big Island, Hawaii, asks about water processing in space.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area
An exciting new program - literally “out of this world” - is coming to our students in the Hilo-Waiakea area schools this year! As part of our highly successful Journey through the Universe program and our commitment to preparing students for S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, we are now able to offer our students the opportunity to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) - a project developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) to engage students in authentic scientific research carried out in space! However, we need your help to fund the project.
Administrators and teachers at Waiakea Intermediate School will lead the project, with approximately 650 students participating in the SSEP. Additional schools are welcome to participate. With assistance from teachers and community mentors, students will develop investigations, write proposals, and submit plans for spaceflight experiments to a review committee. The committee will select and forward the most promising proposals to the NCESSE, and one project will be selected to fly to the International Space Station and return to students in Spring 2013.
While only one project will be selected for spaceflight, the project will involve our entire community. A design competition for a mission patch to fly with the selected project into space will engage additional students; while parents and community mentors provide support through mentorships and fund-raising. Our community will be highlighted with other SSEP sites through national press releases distributed by NCESSE. For more information about the SSEP, go to http://ssep.ncesse.org/
The fee for flying single experiment to space is $19,950, with fees covering the cost of supplies, management and transport of the student project on the mission to space. We have requested funding support from NCESSE partners; however we will also need assistance from members of our community to support students’ participation. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 by Sept. 1, 2012.
We believe the SSEP will provide our students with a unique and significant learning experience. It is aligned with state and Complex Area initiatives to promote student achievement in the STEM fields, and to prepare them for careers that are locally available to them through numerous Big Island business and research facilities.
We are most grateful for any assistance you may be able to provide toward this endeavor. Checks may be made out to “Waiakea Intermediate School” (please write “SSEP” on the bottom of the check), and should be mailed to or dropped off at the school office: 200 W. Puainako St. Hilo 96720-3199 no later than Sept. 1, 2012. For more information, contact Christine Copes at 933-0934, Christine_Copes "at" notes.k12.hi.us Thank you in advance for your support!
The SSEP Lead Team
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2603
Email: jharvey "at" gemini.edu