Schedule and Overview

February 28 - March 4, 2022

Now in its 18th year, Journey educators will be working with teachers in their “virtual classrooms” as well as providing career panels. Journey Through the Universe 2022 is an educational and engagement program for the Hawaiʻi local community. Journey 2022 will include:

  • Virtual Classroom visits for students in Hilo-Waiākea, Honokaʻa, Paʻauilo, and Waimea in grades 1–12
  • Virtual Career Panels for elementary schools as well as Waiākea and Hilo High School students.
  • Observatory professionals will showcase their diverse careers at the observatories.
  • A NOIRLab Live program.
  • The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii along with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Journey evening for the Department of Education staff, our astronomy community, members of the Chambers and Government officials. The evening will be followed by stargazing.
  • A public virtual event will be held.

Journey Through the Universe 2021 Events Included:

21 January 2021: Astronomy educators workshop

  • The Department of Education will provide scientists with NGSS information on performance expectations on the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Scientific phenomena & Sensemaking
  • Assist astronomy/science educators in engaging students in experiencing the wonder of science

3 February 2021: NOIRLab Live

An informative hour of Journey highlights featuring the Superintendent, principal and teacher, as well as an engineer and the Journey team. (More details will be provided later along with flyer)

28 February 2021: Chamber of Commerce Welcome Event 

Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce/Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i Journey Celebration. A virtual hour shared with our local businesses, the Department of Education, and the astronomy community in celebration of 18 years of Journey. The special keynote speaker will be Devin Chu. The evening will end with stargazing and surprises!

3 March 2021: Public LiveStream

Lars Lindberg Christensen will delight the audience with information on the next decade of ground-based astronomy from atop Maunakea and around the world! His talk will be followed by stargazing from our NOIRLab sites, Hawai‘i, Tucson and Chile.

March 1 - 5 2021: Journey Week!

Astronomy Educators in grades 1–12 classrooms virtually

Now in its 17th year, in 2021 over 70 observatory professionals and informal educators are extending their reach to districts across Hawaiʻi Island. Journey Through the Universe includes:

  • Classroom visits for students in Hilo-Waiākea, Honokaʻa, Paʻauilo, and Waimea in grades 1–12
  • Career Panels for elementary, secondary as well as Waiākea and Hilo High School students. Observatory professionals showcasing diverse career opportunities
  • Pre-recorded NGSS based science videos for the classroom

3 March 2021: Public LiveStream

Lars Lindberg Christensen will delight the audience with information on the next decade of ground-based astronomy from atop Maunakea and around the world! His talk will be followed by stargazing from our NOIRLab sites, Hawai‘i, Tucson and Chile.