Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate
The Island of Maui provides an ideal setting for 21st Century research and development. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate is a cornerstone of the community emphasizing space surveillance, astronomy, supercomputing, and more.  The contributions made to science at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex and Maui High Performance Computing Center are immeasurable.

Technology outreach is a continuing priority for the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate. With strong encouragement and support from senior leaders, and the extraordinary teaming and cooperation that has been achieved among Maui organizations, we have developed a highly effective outreach program.

Some of our activities include:  
Educational and Community Outreach
1. Developed Hands-On Activities
•  Optics
•  Imaging
•  Spectroscopy
•  Photovoltaics
•  Solar Energy
•  Electromagnetic Spectrum
•  Telescope Operations

2. The Optics Road Show impacted more than 1000 students this past year

3. Participated in numerous Community STEM Events

  •   Hawaii STEM Conference
  •   Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
  •   Excite Engineer Camp
  •   Robotics Teams
  •   Engineering in the Middle
  •   Robotics Competitions
  •   Lego League
  •   Ke Alahele

  • 4. Teach the Teacher Workshop

  • Week long STEM workshop taught by AFRL scientists and engineers
  • 16 Maui County elementary teachers attended
  • Curriculum included physical science content standards
  • Teachers received curriculum kits to use in their classrooms

    5. Assisted in creation of an Educational Lending Library

  •   Spectrometer and spectral lamps
  •   Hand-held probes for physical science labs
  •   Circuit kits
  •   Classroom models including solar system
  •   Optic kits
  •   Wave generator

  • Educational and Community Outreach