2009 Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery
Hawai‘i Space Grant was again a proud cosponsor of the Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery held to honor this astronaut and explorer who considered Honolulu his home. Initiated in 2002 by Art and Rene Kimura, directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i, this day-long event for students in grades 4-12 showcased wonderful, hands-on activities in a variety of workshops, including robotics, rocketry, ocean science, and space exploration. Keynote speakers who energized the crowd this year were Mr. Scott Veach (son of Astronaut Veach) and Dr. Barbara Bruno (Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education at University of Hawai‘i, Manoa). The day ended with a rousing Science Fun Show by Chemistry wizards Dale Olive (Waiakea High School, Hilo) and Roger Kwok (Space Grant Associate Director, Leeward Community College). This event was cosponsored and supported by Hawaiian Electric Company, Punahou School, and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, the family of Lacy Veach (Diana and Abe Barcena), and the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education; in cooperation with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. In addition to the 19 workshops offered this year, 14 organizations sponsored displays and exhibits. Over two hundred volunteers made the day happen, and enrollment for the 600 available seats filled in just four days.