Galaxy Forums 2010

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Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 – Hapuna

Thursday 16 December 2010 (4:00-5:30pm) @ the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort

Special Presentation:

Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners Ali‘i Kimo Pihana and Koa Rice: Hawai‘i Culture and Galaxy 21st Century Education

Guests included Hawaii Island Galaxy Education pioneers and special invited guests.

Galaxy Star Awards were presented to Kimo, Koa and Kumiko Usuda of Subaru Telescope


Galaxy Forum Japan 2010 – Tokyo

Saturday 4 December (1:00pm-5:00pm) @ Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation


    • Dr. Toshihiro Handa, Kagoshima University Faculty of Science, Dept. of Physics: Study of Astrophysics of the Milky Way Galaxy as a Template for Other Galaxies

Download the Galaxy Forum Japan flyer here.


Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 – Honolulu

Tuesday 16 November 2010 @ The Bishop Museum Planetarium

Download the Galaxy Forum Oahu flyer here.


    • Mary Beth Laychak, Canada France Hawaii Telescope: Galaxy Research and Education at Canada France Hawaii Telescope [to be published soon]
    • Mike Shanahan, Director of Bishop Museum Planetarium [Planetarium presentation]

Mahalo to the O‘ahu teachers who participated: Debra Gochros (‘Ewa Makai Middle School), Lina Fukuda (Adjunct Instructor, Leeward CC) and Lillian Yanagawa (Kalani High School).


Galaxy Forum Europe 2010 – Prague

Saturday 2 October 2010 @ Stefanik Observatory

Download the Galaxy Forum Europe — Prague flyer here.



Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010 – Hutchinson

Saturday 28 August 2010 @ the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Left to Right: Steve Durst (ILOA / Space Age Publishing), Prof Meyers (WSU), Dr. Nicholas Solomey (WSU), Elias Jordan, Senator Stephen Morris (President of the Kansas Senate), Janette Steinert (Ad Astra Kansas)

This was the 2nd Galaxy Forum in Kansas. Left to Right: Steve Durst (ILOA / Space Age Publishing), Prof Meyers (WSU), Dr. Nicholas Solomey (WSU), Elias Jordan, Senator Stephen Morris (President of the Kansas Senate), Jeanette Steinert (Ad Astra Kansas)

Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010

Download the Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010 announcement here (337 kb PDF).

Press coverage:



Galaxy Forum China 2010 – Beijing

Saturday 14 August 2010 @ the Beijing Planetarium 23m Dome in

This is the 3rd Galaxy Forum in China, with others planned in 2011 and beyond. Special thanks to Beijing Planetarium Director Jin Zhu, BJP Astronomy Educator Ziping Zhang and the BJP staff for their robust and generous planning, support and hosting of the Galaxy Forum event.

Click here to download English and Chinese press release (886 KB).



Galaxy Forum India 2010 – Bangalore

Monday 9 August 2010 @ the Nehru Planetarium

Galaxy Forum India Bangalore Nehre Planetarium

Over 100 attendees, including ~50 teachers and educators.

Special thanks to Nehru Planetarium Director Chandrakant Shukre, Prof UR Rao, BS Shylaja, PG Galgali, HR Madhusudan and KK Kutty for helping to organize, promote and host the event in Bangalore.

Reach for the stars – and the planetarium tells you how, Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, 10 August 2010.

Click here to download PDF announcement (13KB)


Included panel discussion on “Perspectives on Astronomy Education in India.”


Galaxy Forum USA 2010 – San Jose, California

4 July 2010 @ the Tech Museum of Innovation

opening slide of ILOA Galaxy Forum USa presentation

Click here to download PDF announcement (97KB)



Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 – Hilo

23 May 2010 @ ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Click here to view the announcement or download the PDF flyer.

The final of three 2010 Hawaii Island Galaxy Forum events was substantial in content with robust presentations from East Hawaii education, astronomy and Hawaiian culture specialists.

In attendance were a few local teachers and educators as well as interested member of the general public.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald wrote two stories on the Galaxy Forum Hilo event:


Local videographer Brad White taped the event and will be producing another DVD of Dr. Usuda’s excellent Galaxy Education talk for distribution to teachers to add to their science unit.


Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 – Waimea

18 March 2010 @ Canada France Hawaii Telescope Headquarters

photo of Galaxy Forum 2010 Waimea participants


Says Mary Beth Laychak: “Everyone who attended really seemed to enjoy the forum. I had several excellent conversations afterwards with some very interested people.”

photo of Galaxy Forum 2010 Waimea participants

Also in attendance:

  • Jim Johnson, Hawaii Dept. of Education teacher, Navigator
  • Marc Saks, teacher / administrator, Hualalai Academy
  • James Stewart, retired educator
  • Jesse Tarnas, student, CFHT summer intern
  • members of the general public

Click here to see “Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 — Waimea” announcement.


Galaxy Forum 2010 Hawaii – Kona

30 January 2010 @ Onizuka Space Center

photo of Galaxy Forum 2010 Waimea participants

Click to read “Stellar academics: Forum stresses importance of astronomy educationWest Hawaii Today, 31 January by Chelsea Jensen.

Dr. Kumiko Usuda, Education Outreach Scientist of Subaru Telescope, gave an excellent and spirited presentation on How to Teach Galaxy Education to Students (11 MB), from preschool thru college.

A DVD of Galaxy Forum Kona was filmed and produced by Hawai‘i Island Video. ILOA is distributing these DVDs to teachers around the Island for their classrooms.

In attendance:

  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy high school science teacher Una Burns
  • Innovation Public Charter School middle school science teacher Megan Dehning
  • Onizuka Space Center Director and Educator Nancy Tashima
  • Hawaii Island / State Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, South Kohala)
  • Videographer Brad White
  • ILOA Directors Steve Durst and Charles Bohannan
  • Members of the general public, including a few young students

Click here to see “Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2010 — Kona” announcement.

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