Archived Articles

TMT Reflects on Light at GEMS

Posted in Member Spotlight

TMT GEMS 5November 13, 2017 – Every year, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites 5th grade girls to explore stem fields though hands-on exhibits and workshops. Women from the local community introduce girls to their occupations and show them how math, science, and technology are used in their daily work. The program is designed to stimulate interest and promote the confidence of girls in these fields.

TMT GEMS 3TMT happily participated this past week at the West Hawaii GEMS program as a workshop host and again as a Gold Sponsor.

Melissa Trubey, a mechanical engineer with TMT challenged GEMS participants to learn about the reflection of light and how telescope mirrors work. The girls built a hat with a mirror to see behind them. Virginia Aragon-Barnes, TMT ES&H Compliance Engineer assisted in helping the girls build their project.

TMT GEMS 4Fun and learning was had by all. Mahalo to all GEMS participants, AAUW organizers, and the volunteers who helped make this another great STEM event for our Hawaii Island community.  



The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical TMT GEMS 2Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

For more information about the TMT project, visit, or follow @TMTHawaii.

  • Rating:
    0.0/5 rating (0 votes)
  • Posted in: Member Spotlight