Education & Outreach

Hands-on Learning & Inspiration

We are committed to supporting the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers through career programs and community outreach. Since 2013, we have mentored more than 100 students through research internships and STEM programs. We also partner with organizations and schools in the local STEM community to support outreach events on Hawaiʻi Island. These events include:

  • Ellison Onizuka Science Day
  • Hawaiʻi Science & Engineering Fair
  • AstroDay 
  • VexIQ Robotics Competitions
  • Hawaiʻi Community College Career Fair
  • Keaukaha ʻOhana Science Night
  • Hawaiʻi Explorations Expo (HEE)
  • HAAS Science Expo
  • Pāhoa Science Night
A student programs a small robot using her laptop
An intern configures a 3D camera using his laptop to install on a planetary rover
A group of young women together at the summit of Maunakea with telescopes in the background
A student helps pour molten basalt into a mold.
Two students gather basalt samples from a lava field
A student looking through a microscope


Big Island robotics interns


Project-based work opportunities for Hawaiʻi-based undergraduate students

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in flight

Aerospace Development

Growing and diversifying Hawaiʻi’s economy through aerospace development initiatives

stars students at HI-SEAS

Women's STARS Program

A summer adventure for Hawaiʻi high school women who are curious about STEM studies and careers

Big Island robotics interns

WiSE Talks

A talk series exploring the world of space exploration with leading women in STEM careers

satellites orbiting Earth

Space Science Symposium

A talk series exploring the exciting research and technology of space careers