For the past eight years, TMT has been a proud supporter of GEMS, which continues to celebrate 5th grade girl power with over 300 students spending the day exploring exciting science fields.
Thirty Meter Telescope Manager - Hawai'i Community Relations Sandra Dawson, addresses GEMS girls in Kona.
TMT Mechanical Engineer Melissa Trubey led three workshops, giving the students an opportunity to build their own working telescope. It was a fun, learning day at GEMS.
TMT salutes these future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, explorers and good global citizens.
Each year, West Hawaii's fifth grade girls are invited to Girls Exploring Math and Science or GEMS, the most important event of the calendar for AAUW-Kona. Through hands-on exhibits and workshops, women from the local community introduce girls to their occupations and show them how math, science, and technology are used in their daily work. The program is designed to stimulate interest and promote the confidence of girls in these fields. Workshop topics include marine science, architecture, financial planning, veterinary medicine, land surveying, chemistry, astronomy, dentistry, culinary science and archaeology.
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, the University of California (UC), the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Maunakea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
For more information about the TMT project, visit tmt.org, www.facebook.com/TMTHawaii or follow @TMTHawaii.