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Paper: The Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee Brings Astronomy To The Hawaiian Public
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 70
Authors: Heyer, I.; Harvey, J.; Usuda, K. S.; Fujihara, G.; Hamilton, J.
Abstract: The Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee (MKOOC) combines the outreach activities of the 13 telescopes on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. For the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 we branded our annual local events, and in addition developed several unique activities and products to bring astronomy to the public during IYA. Our Journey Through The Universe classroom visit and teacher training program was augmented by several evening public events for the whole family. For AstroDay we developed a set of astronomy trading cards, such that people had to visit all the observatory booths to collect the whole set. In collaboration with the local newspapers, we produced an astronomy supplement, available both on paper and online, highlighting the work being done at our observatories. A year-long introductory astronomy class for K-12 teachers was held, emphasizing hands-on activities to teach important concepts. In collaboration with a local supermarket, we held a poster contest for students, making the connection between astronomy and Hawaiian culture. We also participated in the “100 Hours of Astronomy” webcast. In the fall, we celebrated the Galilean Nights with an all-observatories block party, with activities, music, and give-aways.
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