Message from Lisa Wells:
CFHT Community Outreach
Recent Past Events
January 26th, 2013: This was Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day which was held at the University of Hawaii, Hilo from 8am to 3:15pm. There were many workshops offered for the kids to attend and enjoy. CFHT had our telescope set up with the solar filter for sun viewing and the sunspotter for viewing the sunspots.
January 26 - March 15, 2013: The Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee received over 800 entries for the Mauna Kea Coin Contest 2013. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in the three catagories competed for the grand prize. The grand prize design was struck on coins and given out at AstroDay on May 4th at Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo and at other events. The winners were announced at AstroDay. This years grand prize winner was 12th grader Kain Kamalani Kawailima from Ke Ana La'ahana Public Charter School. View the winning design, top finalist's designs and 1st place winners from the 3 catageroies at the website below.
February 15-22, 2013: The Hawaii Science and Engineering fair was held at the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus. As a followup of this years Science Fairs, here is a news blurb about one of the Big Island winners.
****************************************************************** Waiakea Intermediate School Student Anne Nakamoto Wins 56th Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair ****************************************************************** In a recent OMKM e-newsletter, we reported on Waiakea Intermediate School seventh grader Anne Nakamoto and her science fair project, "Two Bees or Not Two Bees...". That project, which was set on Mauna Kea, won many Hawaii Island science fair honors and was entered in the State Science and Technology Fair held on Oahu April 7-9. Anne worked with UH Manoa research entomologist Dr. Jesse Eiben and OMKM Natural Resources Manager Fritz Klasner. Congratulations to Anne! (Quoted from the OMKM News - May 1st, 2013)
March 15, 2013: Staff from CFHT visited Honoka'a Elementary School's Science Night in the hope of setting up a telescope and looking at the night sky. We took our spectrogragh, the Hawaiian Starlight video, and our telescope. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we could not observe the sky but the other hands on activities were enjoyed by the children. Click on the pictures below to get a larger view.
April 6, 2013: Staff at CFHT hosted a visit at the summit and downtown for a group of Astronomy students from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. They got to see our service observing in action, and were lectured on our queue observing program.
April 16, 2013: Staff at CFHT, Marc Baril, Todd Burdullis, Brandon Metz, and Lisa Wells participated in a televideo conference with Lindy Ewaskiw's 6 grade class from Anne Fitzgerald Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
April 22, 2013: Staff member Daniel Devost representated CFHT at the Kanu O Ka 'Aina Earth Day Event in Waimea.
May 4th, 2013: AstroDay at the Prince Kuhio Plaza shopping center in Hilo, HI, was attended by many. The event started at 9am and went until 2pm. We took our outreach telescope, and a box telescope. Click on the pictures below to get a larger view. Check out their website for pictures from the event.
September , 2013: We will hold the Solar System Walk with Keck but the date has not been finalized just yet. This will be updated when a date has been set.
Here is a recent discovery which used not only CFHT, but the Subaru Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
American Association of Variable Star Observers
Here is one of my favorite sites for amateur astronomers. If you own a pair of binoculars or a small telescope of your own, you may contribute to the vast array of information about various variable stars. In fact, you don't even need a telescope or binoculars to contribute or enjoy this site. Check it out, and have a look at some of the light curves put together from observations taken all around the world.
Constellations and Their Stars
This website is great for learning the constellations and star names as well as some of the other objects in the night sky. There is a frequently asked questions section and links to sky maps. This is a fun site for the whole family. Check out the summer constellations and go outside to see if you can find them.
Learning Games for Kids
With the summer break coming, we are highlighting some learning games to keep minds sharp over the summer. This site has games to help math and language skills. It also has songs which are great in helping memory. The Science Games help in the vocabulary of a subject, as well as word searches, and memory matching games. The Brain games section has some good eye-hand coordination games, and logic games to challenge the brain.
Math Is Fun
The "Math Is Fun" website has some great summer exercises. The modules contain information which may be used to then play the games. There are word games, algebra puzzles, and links to worksheets from the second link below - "Adapted Mind".
The Fun Brain website has some games to keep math skills sharp, and some fun arcade type games.
JASON Learning Project
This website has information about games, digital labs/teaching modules, and training sessions scheduled throughout the summer for educators. There is still room and time to apply and attend these. You will have to inquire with them if funding is available for attendees.
Upcoming Astronomical Events
All times listed above are HST unless otherwise indicated. The link below contains many calendars and includes a nice section on astronomical events. Check it out!