The process of science is not complete until its discoveries are shared with others.
Each year, the W. M. Keck Observatory participates in and sponsors dozens of educational events for Hawai’i Island families, educators, students, and hobbyists, as well as visitors to the Big Island, to foster a greater appreciation of science and its influence in society.
Through field trips, stargazing programs and classroom visits, Keck Observatory’s education team provides a tested curriculum and technical expertise to more than 1,000 K-12 students each year.
A greater number of Keck staff also donate their talents to benefit Hawai’i Island projects, including high school science fair competitions, the regional R.O.V. Underwater Competition, BotBall, Hawai’i Electric Car Competition, and Girls in Engineering, Math and Science, or GEMS. Keck’s workforce development program also engages students through employment, internships and mentorships to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.
For the broader public, the Observatory’s monthly Astronomy Lecture Series and Open House events encourage the public to learn in depth about the research done using Keck’s 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea. Other public events, such as science nights at the libraries and Solar System walks in Waimea, offer individuals of all ages learning activities in astronomy, science and engineering. These outreach events, coupled with the Observatory’s other educational programs, reach more than 50,000 people annually.
The Observatory is also building a virtual on-line and international community called Keck Nation. Powered with Keck content, over 3,500 members are the first to receive news from the frontier science and innovation of the Keck Observatory.