Journey Through the Universe (Journey), one of the leading astronomy education and outreach programs on Hawaiʻi Island, recently brought together students and teachers with astronomers, engineers and STEM professionals.
Celebrating its 18th anniversary, the annual outreach program, led by Gemini and NSF’s NOIRLab, featured a full week (February 28 to March 4) of virtual live classroom presentations and career panel discussions. A large group of “astronomy educators” joined this year's event to offer different ways for students throughout the State of Hawaiʻi to learn about astronomy, exciting discoveries about the universe and STEM professions. TMT was delighted to participate again this year, together with about 80 volunteer educators and dedicated staff from the Maunakea Observatories. Among the TMT team were:
TMT is looking forward to increasing partnership opportunities with Journey for future years.
Below are movies of Yuko Kakazu and Leinani Lozi talking about their involvement in Journey over the years:
Journey 2022 was a powerful and inspiring event. For the first time, and thanks to a collaboration between the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, the NSF’s NOIRLab and local community partners, a new cultural and educational exchange was facilitated between classrooms in Hilo (Hawaiʻi), La Serena (Chile) and Tucson (Arizona), which are NOIRLab center host cities. The classrooms engaged in this live project could share traditional songs, dances and customs, and children could ask questions, with translation support, about the differences between schools, daily-life and environments over three continents.
The 2022 event also highlighted the strong partnership across the entire Hawaiʻi community, including the Department of Education, the astronomy community, and the local business community, as stakeholders of the program. To honor all presenters, a virtual “Journey Welcome Reception” was co-hosted on the first evening by the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaiʻi. “Journey brings a twinkle to the minds of our keiki. It inspires students to explore the world and see a future on the islands,” are some of the inspiring words said during the Welcome Reception. “It gives kids an opportunity to understand the complexity of a constantly changing world and how astronomy can help in the process.”
Links for more information on the program: