Journey Through The Universe 2012

Journey through the Universe 2017

Journey through the Universe (Journey) Week: March 10 – 17, 2017

Journey 2016 Overview

Journey Educators Classroom Visit Form

Sept. 7, 2016
Geminiʻs StarLab Portable Planetarium Presentation flyer

Sept. 22, 2016
Family ASTRO Training flyer

Oct. 3, 2016
Geminiʻs StarLab Portable Planetarium Training flyer

Oct. 19, 2016
Journey through the Universe Greatest Hits flyer

March 10, Friday

March 11, Saturday

March 13–17, Monday–Friday
Astronomy Educators in grades 2-12 classrooms

Links to previous years' Journey events:

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

Journey through the Universe promotes sustained education in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and is a celebration of exploration and the joys of learning science and astronomy. In 2014, the program celebrated its tenth anniversary on Hawaii Island where over the past decade it has engaged over 50,000 students, visiting over 3,000 classrooms during Journey week. The scientists, astronomers and engineers have brought excitement and inspiration about the life-long career possibilities available in STEM fields. Developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities – students, teachers, families, and the public.

The Hilo/Waiakea Complex, located on the island of Hawai'i and home of Mauna Kea Observatories, joined the Journey through the Universe program in June 2004 and is one of 10 communities in the nation that are designated Journey through the Universe sites. More ...

Press Release - Gemini Observatory Leads 10th Anniversary Celebration of Hawaii's Journey Through the Universe

Journey 2015 featured in GeminiFocus 2015 Year in Review

Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Keiki to go on “Journey Through the Universe”

Hawaii Public Radio: Gemini Observatory Brings Science to the Schools

Family Science Events

Journey Through The Universe StarLab Presentation

Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Journey Workshops

October 19, Astronomy Educators Workshop (demonstrations of activities in classrooms) flyer

The Journey 2016 Science Team

Journey Educators Classroom Visit Form

See the Bios of the 2016 Astronomy/Science Educators

Alexis Acohido, Gemini Observatory
Nobuo Arimoto, Subaru Telescope
Brad Bailey, SSERVI/NASA
Jennie Berghuis, Subaru Telescope
Dan Bintley, East Asian Observatory
Dan Birchall, Subaru Telescope
Kelly Blumenthal, UH Institute for Astronomy
Jerry Brower, Gemini Observatory
Joanna Bulger, Subaru Telescope
Andre-Nicholas Chene, Gemini Observatory
Madeline Close, Gemini Observatory
Kathy Cooksey, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Sandra Dawson, Thirty Meter Telescope
Fidencio De Leon, University of Hawai`i Hilo
Daniel Devost, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Jeff Donahue, Gemini Observatory
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini Observatory
Anna Ferre-Mateu, Subaru Telescope
Scott Fisher, University of Oregon
Ashley Garnett, University of Hawai`i Hilo
Tom Geballe, Gemini Observatory
Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE
Alyssa Grace, Gemini Observatory
Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope
John Hamilton, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
Guenther Hasinger, UH Institute for Astronomy
Yutaka Hayano, Subaru Telescope
Saeko Hayashi, Subaru Telescope
Stephanie Henry, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Michael Hoenig, Gemini Observatory
Matthew Hosek, UH Institute for Astronomy
Stewart Hunter, Mauna Kea Support Services
Masa Imanishi, Subaru Telescope
Russell Kackley, Subaru Telescope
Carolyn Kaichi, UH Institute for Astronomy
Yuko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
Rob Kelso, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Mary Beth Laychak, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Chien-Hsiu Lee, Subaru Telescope
Julien Lozi, Subaru Telescope
Nadine Manset, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Rachel Mason, Gemini Observatory
Callie Matulonis, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Tony Matulonis, NASA IRTF
Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
Joseph Minafra, SSERVI/NASA
Brian Mitchell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Junichi Noumaru, Subaru Telescope
Prashant Pathak, Subaru Telescope
Emily Peavy, Imiloa Astronomy Center
Yvonne Pendleton, SSERVI/NASA
Andreea Petric, Gemini Observatory
Tae-Soo Pyo, Subaru Telescope
Bo Reipurth, UH Institute for Astronomy
Marc Roberts, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Rodrigo Romo, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Kathy Roth-Guyon, Gemini Observatory
Dennis Schatz, Pacific Science Center
Sharon Schleigh, East Carolina University
Derich Schmidt-Chya, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Jessica Schonhut, UH Institute for Astronomy
Jenny Shih, Gemini Observatory
Jasmin Silva, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Evan Sinukoff, UH Institute for Astronomy
Breann Sitarski, UCLA/TMT
Robert Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Gordon Squires, Thirty Meter Telescope
Niki Thomas, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Chad Trujillo, Gemini Observatory
John Vierra, Gemini Observatory
Josh Williams, Subaru Telescope
Tom Winegar, Subaru Telescope
Sherry Yeh, Subaru Telescope

Lead Local Team

  • Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
  • Brad Bennett, Department of Education
  • Christine Copes, Gemini Observatory
  • Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
  • Denise Scott, Department of Education
  • Robin Valencia, Department of Education

Former Journey Educators

Andy Adamson, Gemini Observatory
Christoph Baranec, UH Institute for Astronomy
Jennie Berghuis, Subaru Telescope
Dan Birchall, Subaru Telescope
Kevin Caruso, Morey Corp.
Hsin-Fang Chiang, UH Institute for Astronomy
Mark Chun, UH Institute for Astronomy
Ann Marie Cody, Caltech
Jessica Delgado, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Ryan Felix, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Suzanne Frayser, Subaru Telescope
Gary Fujihara, UH Institute for Astronomy
Tom Geballe, Gemini Observatory
Jeff Goldstein, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Taras Golota, Subaru Telescope
Bryan Gorges, Joint Astronomy Centre
Kevin Grazier
Isabel Hawkins, Exploratorium
Masatoshi Imanishi, Subaru Telescope
Ryoko Ishioka, Subaru Telescope
Ikuru Iwata, Subaru Telescope
Scot Kleinman, Gemini Observatory
Bernhard Laurich, Hawai‘i Community College
Rita Morris, Subaru Telescope
Janet Nathani, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center
Paul Nguyen, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Nagayoshi Ohashi, Subaru Telescope
Laura Peticolas, University of California Berkeley
Tae-Soo Pyo, Subaru Telescope
Yuriko Saito, Subaru Telescope
Garima Singh, Subaru Telescope
Breann Sitarski, University of California Los Angeles
Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Ichi Tanaka, Subaru Telescope
Shelly Valdez, Native Pathways
Kohei Yamazaki, Subaru Telescope
Robert Young, University of Hawai'i Manoa

Ambassadors play a very important role in the Journey through the Universe program. Our ambassador team represents members of the community who choose to help inspire our youth and support unique educational opportunities in science education. Ambassadors help facilitate one day (or more) events as follows:

  • Make arrangements with assigned Astronomy Educator to meet or to carpool if appropriate
  • Assist the Astronomy/Science Educator with transport, setup and breakdown of classroom materials and/or AV equipment
  • Introduce the Astronomy/Science Educator to the class and help monitor their time to end on schedule
  • Distribute a Classroom Visit Assessment form to the teacher(s)

If you are interested in being an ambassador for one day (or more!) please contact Christine Copes, (974-2531) or Janice Harvey, (974-2603).

The Gemini Observatory and the Hawai'i Department of Education Hilo/Waiakea Complex would like to extend a sincere thank you to the observatories, organizations, and individuals for their generous support. The success of the Journey through the Universe program is largely dependent on their participation and we appreciate their invaluable contributions.

Community/Sponsors List in PDF

DOE Hilo/Waiakea Complex Area
Gemini Observatory
Bank of Hawai‘i
Basically Books
Big Island Toyota
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope
Carthage University
DeLuz Chevrolet
Franklin Institute Science Museum
Hawai‘i Community College
Hawai‘i Electric Light Company
Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce
Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium
Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald
IEI - Indigenous Education Institute
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Joint Astronomy Centre
KTA Superstores
KWXX Radio Station
Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
NASA Lunar Science Institute
National Center for Earth & Space Science
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Pacific Science Center
Project Astro/Family Astro
Purdue University
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
Subaru Telescope
Thirty Meter Telescope
UCO Lick Observatory
UH Hilo, College of Pharmacy
UH Hoku Ke‘a and 2.2 Meter Telescopes
UH Institute for Astronomy
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Los Angeles
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
University of Hawai'i-Manoa
University of Oregon
W.M. Keck Observatory

Janice Harvey
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2603
Email: jharvey "at"

Christine Copes
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2531
Email: ccopes "at"

Alexis-Ann Acohido
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2528
Email: aacohido "at"