Keck Observatory participates in and sponsors dozens of educational events for Hawaiʻi 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.

Through field trips to our headquarters, stargazing programs and classroom visits, Keck Observatory’s education team provides an engaging and inspiring set of activities and technical expertise to more than 1,000 K-12 students each year.

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. Learn more

Workforce Development

Keck Observatory staff is dedicated to engaging students through employment, internships, and mentorships to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are proud to work with students from all over the world, but especially our students at home in Hawaiʻi. Our staff is committed to many different projects that benefit Hawaiʻi Island. Our well-supported workforce development programs are perfect all students across disciplines as we offer positions in both STEM and non-STEM fields. Learn more

Public Outreach

Keck Observatory hosts and participates in a variety of public events, such as science nights at the libraries, Solar System Walks in Waimea, the Merrie Monarch Parade, and the Waimea Christmas Parade. These events offer individuals of all ages learning activities in astronomy, science and engineering. Our public outreach events, coupled with Keck Observatory’s other educational programs, reach more than 50,000 people annually. Learn more