Galaxy Forum 2010

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Galaxy Forum 2010 Hawaii – Hilo
Making Hawaii 1st through Galaxy Learning

A forum to advance Galaxy Education and Stellar Academics in the 21st Century.

Spend a special morning with Hawaii Island’s finest galaxy, space, astronomy and cultural educators and innovators.

When: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 10:30am-12:30pm at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo
For Whom: Teachers, educators, astronomers and interested public
Cost: Free admission / RSVP

Please join us for the third Galaxy Forum of 2010. The Galaxy Forum is a series of local community events to promote Galaxy Education in the 21st Century.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kumiko Usuda, Outreach Scientist, Subaru Telescope: Dr. Usuda is a dynamic and accomplished Galaxy educator with experience in Hawaii’s classrooms teaching students how to build their own scale models of the Milky Way.

Kumiko has presented at four Galaxy Forums in Hawaii in 2009. She will be speaking about how to integrate Galaxy awareness in preschool, elementary, secondary and college classroom curriculum.

Other Presenters:

Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center: Planetarium Galaxy Show

Peter Michaud: Gemini Observatory Astronomy and Galaxy Research

Kimo Pihana and Koa Rice, Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners: “Hawaiian Culture and Galaxy Education”

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA): “ILO ‘Galaxy Moon’ and Galaxy First Light Imaging Program”

Panel Discussion local teachers committed to enhancing general science education in Hawaii, to include:

How can “Getting to Know Our Place in the Universe” inspire, engage and influence the minds of keiki in our classrooms?

How can we integrate Native Hawaiian culture into 21st Century Galaxy Education?

How can Galaxy / Astronomy Science and Galaxy Education materials be integrated into the K-12 standards-based education system?

How can Hawai’i Island educators utilize the world-class resources of science and astronomy on this island?

Please RSVP by Monday, May 17 by calling 808-885-3474 or email to

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