While the mission of Keck Observatory is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share its discoveries with the world, the organization’s educational influence goes far beyond understanding the cosmos. On June 24 and 25, engineers and technicians from the Observatory judged underwater robots entered in the ninth annual International Student Remote Operated Vehicle competition held at the University of Hawai’i-Hilo.
Through formal and informal events and mentorships such as the R.O.V. competitions, Observatory employees share their expertise in not only science, but also engineering, mechanics and other fields. As a result of these hands on teaching opportunities, several island schools and clubs have won regional titles in competitions, including R.O.V., SolidWorks CAD and BotBall, and then gone on to qualify for national and international events.