At 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Campers engage in hands-on interactive activities, including visualizations using Science-on-a-Sphere from NOAA, physics experiments, learning about Polynesian Voyaging, and a Planetarium experience.
Just how big is a 10-meter telescope, and how is it put together? Campers learn about the amazing twin Keck Telescopes and how they were made, how they are used, and how they are maintained.
NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory is one of the world's leading climate observatories. Located at over 11,000 feet above sea level, the observatory has been continuously monitoring rising CO2 emissions longer than any other place on Earth, as shown in the famous Keeling Curve.
Campers get hands-on with Keck Observatory scientists who demonstrate the many different types of equipment they use for astronomy. Here campers get to experience how infrared and other non-visible light is put to work to help astronomers.
Campers atop Mauna Loa, above, gaze upon Mauna Kea, home of the Mauna Kea Visitors Center, where campers get to star-gaze from one of the best viewing spots on Earth.
What are the physics of a rocket launch? What are the phases? Rocket day gives campers the opportunity to build and launch model rockets and get a hands-on experience of what rocketry is all about.
* Note: program and field trip destinations subject to change.