The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit will gather high school students and educators from the Thirty Meter Telescope partner countries: Japan, China, India, Canada and the United States. The summit, held July 21-25 at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, will be an intensive five-day forum focused on astronomy and engineering.
It is hosted by ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, coordinated by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Conference Center, and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope, County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee.
This year’s theme, “He Lani Ko Luna, He Honua Ko Lalo: the sky above, the earth (and the sea) below and all that is encompassed therein,” is derived from a Hawaiian proverb that speaks about the synergistic relationship among the sky, earth, ocean and all forms of life. Each day will feature a different facet of the overarching theme. Participants will explore Hawaii’s culture and various areas of science in order to understand how the atmosphere above Hawaii interacts with the land and sea below to create the world’s best place for conducting observational astronomy. Most importantly, the summit will highlight some of the exciting discoveries being made from Mauna Kea, the world’s premiere site for astronomy, as scientists look to advance humanity’s quest in space exploration.
Using the models of the acclaimed Ritsumeikan Japan Super Science Fair and the International Student Science Fair, students will have an opportunity to interact with professionals and experts within the science fields, especially those associated with astronomy and engineering on Mauna Kea, and to exchange ideas and solutions which advance their interest in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) disciplines.