The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is composed of ten institutions of higher learning including the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, the University of Guam, and seven Community Colleges (Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, Maui, and Windward) spread over the four main Hawaiian islands. A significant goal of the program is to encourage interdisciplinary studies and research and to train future generations of space scientists and engineers.
The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is administered at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the Hawai‘i Insitute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology.
The U. H. Mānoa campus serves as the hub of the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. Space Grant activities at Mānoa reflect the institution's broad research and teaching capabilities. HSGC University Research Internships are available through competitive application to full-time students of U. S. Citizenship. Space Grant supports the development of space science and remote sensing curricula and sponsors undergraduate courses and K-12 educational programs. Please use the links on the website for general information about the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's programs and projects.
HSGC Director, Dr. Luke Flynn
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1680 East-West Road, POST 501
Honolulu, HI 96822
Space Grant activities at U. H. Hilo reflect the institution's small, liberal arts college environment. Undergraduates awarded HSGC University Research Internships have worked with faculty mentors on a variety of topics, including land use analysis using satellite images, comparative planetary volcanology, and science curriculum development at both the university and primary levels. Space Grant offers a 3-unit course, "Space Science for the Elementary Classroom" for both in-service and pre-service teachers and sponsors workshops for teachers and community members on the use of the internet. Space Grant supports activities for the development and support of space science curricula in the schools. Space Grant also works cooperatively with other university and government agencies in developing and publicizing the Island of Hawai‘i as a center of space science education.
Associate Director, Dr. Kenneth Hon
Activities at Hawai‘i Community College vary with student interests. Please use the links on the website for general information about the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's programs and projects.
The activities at Honolulu Community College vary with student interests. Previous students have participated in the NASA-sponsored CanSat program. This program involves students in the design, construction, and launching of a satellite-mimic, that fits in a soda can. The instrument package must acquire atmospheric data and transmit it back to a ground station while parachuting back to the ground.
Associate Director, Shidong Kan
Honolulu CC Liaison and Project IMUA Mentor, Ms. Helen Rapozo
Activities at Kapi‘olani Community College include, but are not limited to, small satellite and robotics projects. Previous and current students participate in CanSat (aerospace) and marine ROV (remotely operated vehicle) design and build competitions.
Related links for students:
The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Program Associate of Science degree in Natural Science.
Pathways to Science: Summer Research Opportunities, from the Institute for Broadening Participation with funding from NASA and NSF.
The Kapi‘olani Community College STEM Program homepage.
Associate Director, Radovan Milincic
Kapi‘olani CC Liaison, Aaron Hanai
Activities at Kaua‘i Community College vary with student interests. Please use the links on the website for general information about the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's programs and projects.
Associate Director, Dr. Georgeanne Purvinis
Leeward CC has one of the largest Math & Sciences divisions in the UH Community College system, offering more than 200 sections each semester in a variety of disciplines. Visit the LCC STEM page for more information on the courses offered in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Leeward campus also offers an astronomical observatory for instructional and community use.
Associate Director, Bryson Padasdao
University of Hawai‘i Maui College offers students unique student opportunities in conjunction with the Maui Research and Technology Park. Please use the links on the website for general information about the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's programs and projects.
Associate Director, Dr. Jung Park
Windward Community College is a NASA Center of Excellence in the Training and Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System to Environmental Monitoring. Under direction of Principal Investigator, Joseph Ciotti, and co-PIs David Krupp and Floyd McCoy, the Hoa‘aina RS/GIS Center supports WCC's academic emphasis in the marine, earth, and space sciences. Students receive training and engage in research in environmental monitoring through the use of the facility's state-of-the-art equipment in remote sensing (RS), geographic information system (GIS), and global positioning system (GPS).
Windward Community College students participate in the CanSat engineering program. CanSat is a scientific experiment package, the size of a soda can and commonly launched by weather balloon or small rocket, designed to retrieve photo-graphic, temperature, pressure, and altitude data for near-Earth low-atmosphere experiments. The CanSat students from the different campuses have been working together and participate in the ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) competitions in Nevada. For more information on the WCC CanSat team, please contact Dr. Jacob Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students also participate in NASA's USLI (University Student Launch Initiative) competitions. USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build, and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level.
The Windward Community College Radio Observatory, operating as part of NASA's Radio Jove project, receives radio noise bursts from the planet Jupiter and from the Sun.
Live streaming audio can be downloaded.
Four WCC students participated in the 2000 NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.
Additional educational resources and activities for grades K-12 and the community are available in The Aerospace Exploration Lab.
Related links for students:
Associate Director, Dr. Joseph Ciotti
Rocketry Coodinator and CanSat Liaison,
Dr. Jacob Hudson
Activities at the University of Guam include exploration of our planet and Solar System. Please use the links on the website for general information about the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's programs and projects.
Associate Director, Dr. Romina King
University of Guam
Office of Graduate Studies,
Sponsored Programs & Research Center for Island Sustainability
Dean Circle House 32, UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam USA 96924