Message from CFHT Librarian, Liz Bryson:
CFHT Community Outreach
January 20, 2006: A group of students from a College in Washington toured the Headquarters in Waimea.
January 26, 2006: Waimea Middle School held a stargazing party which was clouded out though there were activities indoors.
January 28, 2006: Onizuka Day at UH in Hilo was a great success. Many people stopped by to check out the booths set up by all the observatories.
February 25, 2006: The Hilo Science Fair was held at the newly opened Imiloa Center. CFHT was well represented sending 4 staff members to be judges.
March 8, 2006: The Women in Science Day was a career fair at the University of Hawaii, Hilo for 7th and 8th grade girls in which 5 women of the CFHT staff participated. The girls asked questions to try to discover what job each person worked and then the CFHT staff members shared a secret about their work.
Deadline April 1, 2006: The Astro Day Institute will present an "Excellence in Teaching" Award to a Hawaii Island K16 educator who makes a difference by engaging students in science curricula in innovative and exciting ways. Nominations may be submitted to the AstroDay Institute before noon, April 1, 2006. They may be sent to: 105 Puhili Place, Hilo, HI 96720. Faxed to 969-9101, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29, 2006: The 7th Annual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest scheduled for April 29th, 2006 from 10am to 2pm at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center. If you are interested in having a booth, contact Laura Dierenfield at 885-6777 or email her at email@example.com. CFHT, Keck and VIS center are planning on having booths.
May 6th, 2006: AstroDay will be held from 10 am to 5 pm at Prince Kuhio Plaza, Hilo, Hawaii 5th. Annual anniversary of the celebration of Astronomy and Hawaiian culture.
* Featuring Hawaiian slack key music by Grammy Award Winners George Kahumoku Jr and Keoki Kahumoku
* Contact Gary Fujihara for information at 640-9161
June 26-30, 2006: "Future Flight Hawaii", a program overseen by Art Kimura, has left the Big Island. It will now be occurring on Maui. In lieu of this loss, Gary Fujihara is beginning a new program entitled "Hilo Youth Robotics", a summer, educational enrichment program. A LEGO mindstrom Robotics camps will be available for Hilo youngsters ages 9-13 from June 26-30 and will be facilitated by a capable staff of experienced Hilo educators and students. For more information, please visit: Future Flight Site or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 932-2328.
Various Tours of the summit coming up for teachers and students.
Astronomy for *Kids*: Asteroids
This site includes information and two pictures related to asteroids.
Asteroids Game from National Geographic
This site has an educational game allowing the user to play a secret agent for the Dept of Extraterrestrial Phenomena, investigating a series of asteroid cases.
NeoDys: Near Earth Objects
NeoDys, a project developed at the University of Pisa in Italy, supplies data and services for all Near Earth Asteroids. Updated daily, researchers can find links to all NeoDys objects and observatories as well as data on Earth Impact Possibilities. Educators and students will find instructive explanations of Near-Earth Asteroids and three dimensional visualizations of the objects' orbits. Although at first glance some of the data may appear difficult to interpret, each page has a Help icon that thoroughly and clearly describes the information presented.
The Space Place: Make Asteroid Potatoes
Make asteroid potatoes. Find out about asteroids. Create your own odd-shaped asteroids out of plain old mashed potatoes. Bake them in the oven to turn ...
Asteroids: Zoom Astronomy
This is a great introduction to asteroids.
Creative Movement for Children - ESL lesson
Learn about bumping asteroids. Children pretend balloons are asteroids floating in space. Great for children of all ages.
Asteroid Blaster - Games from the British Council
This is a game for young learners. You are in a spaceship and you are travelling through space,...
Asteroid Blaster Game (May not work on older versions of NetScape.)
We sit here, typing our fingers to the bone, and some fly-by-night asteroid has its own movie. There is no justice. Ah well, it probably received even less compensation than we do. A pair of Yale students used Kitt Peak National Observatory to take a series of still shots of this near-earth asteroid as it approached our planet in the middle of August. The shots were converted into a brief digital movie that not only shows how fast the thing was moving, but also provides some decent scientific information in regard to the object's rotation. That means something to astronomers, but you might enjoy the QuickTime movie anyway. It's really short. The asteroid sped up to some 20 times faster two nights after the photos were taken, when it shot past us. Imagine the effects had it actually hit the planet. This thing was only discovered July 14, and a month later, it was whizzing past our windows. Think things like snails and slugs move slowly? Guess what? In the great scheme of things, we aren't exactly fleet of foot either.
Upcoming Astronomical Events
All times listed above are HST. The link below contains many calendars and includes a nice section on astronomical events. Check it out!