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-- 2015 --

- August 12, 2015 -
Project Imua NASA rocket launches UHCC's scientific payload into space. Project Imua (to move forward in Hawaiian) is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four campuses within the University of Hawai‘i Community College system (Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i and Windward) dedicated to designing, fabricating, and testing small payloads for launch into space. This multi-campus project is funded by a two-year $500,000 grant awarded to the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium under the NASA Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools. This grant includes $200,000 in student internships. Additional technical assistance is provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel. The Project Imua team, now completing their first year, watched as their first-ever UHCC-student-built payload was launched into space from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility around midnight Hawai‘i time. Watch the launch and see more photos and information at UH News. After its sub-orbital flight, the Project Imua payload (an ultraviolet spectrometer for measuring solar irradiance above the atmosphere) will be retrieved and the team will begin looking at their data.

Also, Project Imua students Debora Pei and Elena Barbour, and faculty advisor Joe Ciotti, were interviewed today on Hawai‘i Public Radio's Bytemarks Cafe--listen here. Contratulations Project Imua!

National news coverage includes Space Daily and Education News.


- August 10, 2015 -
Project Imua student Debora Pei on KHON TV moring show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the 16-member team (from four Community College campuses) prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch the interview on KHON Wake Up 2Day with News Anchor Jai Cunningham and Debora Pei (HCC).


- August 5, 2015 -
Robert Allen, HCC CanSat student With deep sadness, we share the news of Robert Allen's passing on December 9, 2014 from cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Robert was a non-traditional student who enrolled in Honolulu Community College in his early 40s. He quickly met Professors Vern Takebayashi and Ron Takata, mentors of the Space Grant CanSat team, who appointed Robert the Student Coordinator of the HCC CanSat team. Their work led to a successful launch at the 2006 ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) competition at Black Rock, Nevada. Read more about the project in Dr. Ron Takata's article "Mission accomplished for rocket team" that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser on November 2, 2006. In a remembrance to Robert, we would like to share the words he wrote in a letter featured in the HSGC Fall 2008 Newsletter "Thoughts to a Senator about CanSat—What it Means to Me".


- July 31, 2015 -
Project Imua students on KITV4 morning show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the team prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch Project Imua students on KITV4 TV morning show.

Pictured left to right: Mitch Mikami (KapCC), Marcus Yamaguchi (KauCC) , and Elena Barbour (WinCC) with KITV4 Morning News Anchor Ann Sterling.


- July 30, 2015 -
Project Imua student on Hawaii News Now Sunrise show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the 16-member team (from four Community College campuses) prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch the interview on Hawai‘i News Now with Sunrise News Anchor Grace Lee and Kalanikapu Copp (WinCC).


- July 24, 2015 -
Project Imua students on KHON morning show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the team prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch Project Imua students on KHON Living 808 TV morning show.

Pictured left to right: Marcus Yamaguchi (KauCC), Kala‘imoana Garcia (KapCC), Suraj Mehta (HonCC), and Elena Barbour (WinCC) with KHON's Trini Kaopuiki.


- July 20-24, 2015 -
Group photo of participants in the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit, 2015.
For a third summer, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit was held in Hilo, Hawai‘i for high school students and educators. Coordinated and held at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, teams from Hawai‘i, China, Japan, India, and Canada participated in the event. HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura (who planned and coordinated the inaugural event in 2013) assisted during the five days of science and engineering programs and educational activities. For more, please read the UH News Release, ‘Imiloa News Release, and Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit website. Photo courtesy of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.


- July 16, 2015 -
Project Imua. The UH collaborative Project Imua is in the news again as the August launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility grows nearer. For more, please see the UH News Release: Project Imua Takes Education Out of This Atmosphere. Several students involved in the project will be interviewed on local TV in the upcoming weeks. Project Imua is supported by UH Mānoa, through a NASA grant to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, and technical assistance provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel.


- June 26, 2015 -
Project Imua payload testing. Five University of Hawai‘i Community College students from four campuses, members of a collaboration of 16 students and multiple faculty known as Project Imua, tested their instrument payload at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in preparation for launch in August. For more, please see the UH News Release: Project Imua Payload Tested at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and the Project Imua flickr photo album. For more background press coverage, please see the June 13 article published by the Garden Island newspaper and the June 12 UH Video and News Release Project by UH Community College Students Space Bound and the KHON news piece. Project Imua is supported by UH Mānoa, through a NASA grant to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, and technical assistance provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel.


- June 23, 2015 -
University of Hawai‘i Community College students, supported by Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and mentored by Hervé Collin, participated in the 2015 CanSat competition earlier this month in Texas. An event attracting international university and college students, the team from Kapi‘olani Community College placed 6th out of 42 teams. Congratulations! For more, please see the CanSat Competition website.


- June 6-7, 2015 -
Art and Rene Kimura celebrating 25th anniversary of Future Flight Hawaii with Governor David Ige.
Future Flight Hawai'i (FFH) hosted its 25th Family Exploration Program on June 6-7, 2015 at UH Mānoa, with a theme of Challenger: the Journey Continues. Over 9,000 students and parents have participated in one or more of the FFH residential and non-residential programs in exploring the Moon, Mars, and Earth. Learning modules this year included programmable robotics, space biospheres, spinning satellites, molecule modeling, sound, music conductivity, and design a satellite. A new program for younger children, called Next Generation, was piloted with modules covering sound, balance, and bubbles. The anniversary event attracted state-wide attention, including visits from Governor David Ige (pictured above with Art and Rene Kimura), Rachel James from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's office, and Riley Fujisaki and Carissa Nakamura from Congressman Mark Takai's office. Senators Brian Shatz and Mazie Hirono sent congratulatory letters. Governor Ige presented a proclamation to FFH, a commendation to the Kimuras for their leadership, and he stayed to congratulate all the participants and pose for photos. Visit the Future Flight Hawai‘i website.


- February 25, 2015 -
Congratulations to Kapi‘olani Community College student and Fall 2014 HSGC Trainee, Bryson Racoma, who won a First Place Award for his poster presentation in the Technology and Engineering category at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in STEM held February 19-21 in Washington D.C. The conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs, and the National Science Foundation's Division of Human Resource Development. Please see the KCC STEM Program News Release and photo and the ERN website for more information.


- January 29, 2015 -
Dr B. Ray Hawke With deep sadness, we share the news of B. Ray Hawke's passing on January 24, 2015. He was HSGC Associate Director for Outreach, a tireless advocate for lunar activity, researcher, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend—Dr. Hawke will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A memorial gathering will be held in the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (POST building, room 544) on February 15 at 3:00 p.m. Please see the PRPDC page for more information. A remembrance written by Paul Spudis (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston) posted at www.airspacemag.com recounts many scientific endeavors.


- January 24, 2015 -
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka portrait. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium was proud to again co-sponsor the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, an annual event in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. Additional co-sponsors are the American Savings Bank, The Onizuka Memorial Committee, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Space Center, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo (UHH), and UHH Conference Center, with the support of the Hilo High School Key Club, Waiakea High School Key Club, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the Zonta Club of Hilo. This year's event, the 15th annual, featured 18 workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata. The day's closing assembly featured the VEX IQ Robotics Finals and special speaker Kaiali‘i Kahele, pilot with Hawaiian Air and Hawai‘i Air National Guard.


- January 7, 2015 -
Students are reminded that applications for undergraduate fellowships, traineeships, and Project Imua/RockSat traineeships are available on our Fellowships and Traineeships page.


* Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family, encompassing all the people, related or not, who come together to help achieve a better life.

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