The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is committed to not only being a good steward of Mauna Kea, but also a good neighbor in the community. It is part of Hawaii Island through a number of community events, activities and initiatives that have ranged from summer camp to outreach and relief efforts. TMT’s vision is also aligned with that of the Mauna Kea Observatories, which provides STEM education opportunities, workforce development, environmental protection and Hawaiian cultural advancement through community collaborations.
Virginia Aragon-Barnes works in environmental health and safety at TMT. She says the organization is involved in the community on a regular basis. “We’re in the classrooms teaching our keiki about STEM and astronomy. “As technology continues to advance, STEM-related jobs and careers is where we are headed globally,” she says. “So it’s important that we teach our keiki about STEM at an early age.”Read the rest here