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Education & Public Outreach


The Education and Public Outreach (EPO) programs for the LSST are as ambitious as the telescope itself.  The program, as presented at the November 2016 LSST Operations Planning Review, is described in the EPO Design document.

The LSST Education and Public Outreach (EPO) department is preparing to leverage the visibility and scope of the LSST survey by creating powerful tools and effective programs for education and outreach.  The EPO program seeks to reach a diverse audience and encourage deepening engagement with the data products, involving the public in the research process to share and participate in science discovery. The system design synthesizes U.S. and Chilean national education priorities, audience needs, and LSST science goals to address STEM education and science literacy within the engaging context of astronomy.

User Groups

  • Citizen Scientists
  • Students and Teachers
  • Content creators at Science Museums and Planetariums
  • Lifelong Learners; General Public

Goals of the Program

  • Involve diverse participants in LSST science across a spectrum of environments and skill levels
  • Create and evolve products to ensure ongoing relevance, interest, and deepening levels of engagement
  • Leverage the openness of the Internet and power of the browser to unlock LSST's "treasure trove of discovery"
  • Engage with English and Spanish-speaking educators to promote authentic research experiences in the classroom
  • Support U.S. and Chilean national priorities in STEM education and Broader Impacts
  • Empower the public to become citizen scientists, contributing meaningful scientific research from LSST data
  • Increase awareness of LSST's capabilities and science objectives via multimedia for content creators, social media, conferences, and events
  • Measure success with qualitative & quantitative, evidence-based metrics

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC). 

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