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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO TO EXPLORE THE
    POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A SPACE CAMP ON THE BIG ISLAND.



 1        WHEREAS, the Hawaii Space Grant College Program funds
 2   space science related activities on the Manoa and Hilo campuses
 3   of the University of Hawaii, with the Hilo campus in the
 4   flagship role for undergraduate programs in astronomy, space,
 5   and related fields and being in close proximity to the
 6   astronomical observatories on the Island of Hawaii; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, there are several programs at the University of
 9   Hawaii at Hilo supported by the Hawaii Space Grant College
10   Program, including the Space Grant Fellowship Program,
11   Astronomy for Gifted and Talented, Native Hawaiian Children,
12   Undergraduate Astronomy Curriculum Development, and Space
13   Science Center; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, there are currently no programs to educate and
16   initiate children of all backgrounds in the areas of astronomy,
17   space, and related fields; and
18   
19        WHEREAS, a program such as a space camp during school
20   breaks has the potential to offer educational and recreational
21   activities to children and youth in the fields of astronomy and
22   related areas that might not otherwise be available to them;
23   now, therefore
24   
25        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
26   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
27   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the University of Hawaii
28   at Hilo is respectfully requested to explore the possibility of
29   developing a space camp program on the Big Island; and
30   
31        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii at
32   Hilo carry out the following activities:
33   
34        (1)  Establishing a committee to study the feasibility of
35             establishing a space camp for children and youth;
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 1        (2)  Marketing the space camp nationally to generate
 2             revenues;
 3   
 4        (3)  Utilizing the winter and summer interims of the
 5             academic year for holding the space camp as a pilot
 6             project; and
 7   
 8        (4)  Identifying and maximizing the use of existing
 9             infrastructure, faculty, and staff to implement the
10             space camp program;
11   
12   and
13   
14        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii at
15   Hilo is requested to submit findings and recommendations to the
16   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of
17   the Regular Session of 2001; and
18   
19        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
20   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chancellor of the
21   University of Hawaii at Hilo.
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