Each year, the W. M. Keck Observatory participates in and sponsors dozens of educational events for Hawaii Island families, educators, students, and hobbyists, as well as visitors to the Big Island, to foster a greater appreciation of science and its influence in society.
Keck Observatory staff donates their talents to benefit Hawaii Island projects, including high school science fair competitions, the regional R.O.V. Underwater Competition, BotBall, Hawaii Electric Car Competition, and Girls in Engineering, Math and Science, or GEMS. Keck Observatory’s workforce development program also engages students through employment, internships and mentorships to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.
For the broader public, Keck Observatory’s monthly Astronomy Talk Series and Open House events encourage the public to learn in depth about the research done using Keck Observatory’s 10-meter telescopes on Maunakea.