Above: Coral Clark of SETI explains spectroscopy to students at Kapiolani Elementary School on Feb. 28.

JTTU is back! This week, PISCES is visiting classrooms in support of the 19th Journey Through The Universe program to inspire students in STEM fields by developing science literacy. PISCES Public Information & Outreach Officer Chris Yoakum is volunteering alongside Coral Clark, Education Programs Manager at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), to engage students with basic astronomy principles and teaching them how to build their own spectroscopes.

JTTU is led by staff at International Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. Each year, the program reaches thousands of students throughout Hawai’i Island classrooms, with upwards of 80 astronomy educators participating. It includes in-person classroom presentations and career panels with local observatory professionals to help students discover a variety of possibilities and career opportunities within the field. Mahalo to all who are volunteering and supporting this leading astronomy outreach program!