Journey Through the Universe: Tenth Anniversary in 2014!
Hawaii will celebrate its tenth anniversary of the flagship Journey through the Universe program that began in 2004. The Gemini-led initiative has engaged hundreds of astronomers and astronomy educators that have visited over 2,700 classrooms, visiting over 60,000 students over the course of the last nine years. The scientists have
brought excitement and inspiration about the life-long possibilities available in science, technology and mathematics to our students.
The Journey program nurtures our students’ innate curiosity, offers workshops for hundreds of teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, and provides an opportunity for our community members to visit the classrooms alongside our astronomers. This ten-day annual event also includes Family Science Events that are enjoyed by thousands.
For the 2013 program, our governor, Neil Abercrombie, inquired about the program and its enormous impact on Hawaii’s students. Governor Abercrombie actively participated by visiting classrooms at different schools and attending our chamber of commerce appreciation event.
This paper will share how the Journey program came to be and what is anticipated for the tenth anniversary. Journey through the Universe is a model outreach initiative that could be duplicated in other locations.