Hilo Journeys through the Universe
Elizabeth Miller, Challenger Center science education specialist,
spoke to fifth and sixth graders at Haaheo Elementary School about our
solar system. The Challenger Center was founded by the families of the
astronauts who died when the Challenger space shuttle exploded. The national
program is funded by grants from NASA's Minority University Research
and Education Program and Office of Space Science. Photo by Gary Fujihara.
Students and families in East Hawaii went on a "Journey through the
Universe" January 21–28. The Challenger Center for Space Science
Education selected East Hawaii as one of the 14 national sites for this
program, which uses the excitement generated by human space flight, and
the Earth and space sciences to encourage sustained science, math, and
The Challenger Center sent their National Team of six researchers to run
the annual Journey Week. They trained local astronomers in outreach techniques,
and they gave a curriculum workshop for 120 K–12 public school teachers.
The researchers also made over 100 classroom presentations. Three large "family
science" events included science presentations and interactive exhibits
and booths that encouraged shared learning for families.
The Hawaii State Department of Education, the University of Hawaii at
Hilo, and the Keck and Gemini observatories collaborated on the proposal
that brought the five-year program to Hawaii, and a team of Hawaii educators
and astronomers provides local support for the program.
For more information about the program, visit the Journey
through the Universe Web site.