2015 Summit Overview

Using the models of the acclaimed Ritsumeikan Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) and the International Student Science Fair (ISSF), the Summit will feature

  • Keynote Presentations
    Astronomers, engineers and distinguished community leaders will deliver keynote talks throughout the week to inspire and encourage student participants to pursue their interest in STEM disciplines.
  • Hands-On Workshops
    Astronomers and engineers will lead students through “hands on/minds on” workshops on various aspects of astronomy and engineering. Topics will include the adverse effects of earth’s atmosphere on observational astronomy and the design of sophisticated technology to counteract such disturbances; the classification of stars using spectroscopy; and the engineering of robots for exploring new frontiers. In addition, other areas of science such as geology, geography, and meteorology will be introduced in order for students to learn how the air above Hawaiʻi interacts with the land and sea below to create the world’s best place for conducting observational astronomy.
  • Student Science Presentations
    Each school team will present a 15-minute presentation in English on a research project that they have undertaken on an aspect of astronomy or astronomy-related engineering.
  • Global Solutions Challenges
    Participants will divide into multinational groups (hui) to select one issue or problem that they face within their schools or communities (e.g., lack of females in science fields, low interest in STEM, etc.). Working together, teams will brainstorm possible solutions and develop a plan of action to implement upon their return home. Participants will be expected to report their eventual results on the Summit website.
  • Cultural Presentations
    Each school group will present a short (5-minute) entertaining presentation or performance that communicates insight into life in their city/country. These may include dance performances or songs accompanied by slide shows or videos.
  • Field Trips
    Participants will experience the natural wonders of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, as well as the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy at Hale Pōhaku (2,800 meters) on Maunakea for sunset viewing and star gazing.