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Education & Public Outreach


The mission of LSST EPO is to offer accessible and engaging online experiences that provide non-specialists access to, and context for, LSST data so anyone can explore the Universe and be part of the discovery process. The EPO program, as presented at the September 2017 EPO Review, is described in detail in the EPO Design document.

The LSST Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team is preparing to leverage the visibility and scope of the LSST survey by creating powerful and intuitive tools that provide non-specialists access to LSST data. The EPO program seeks to reach a diverse audience and encourage engagement with EPO activities and involvement in scientific discovery. Activities are being designed to synthesize 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.

Program Objectives

  • Provide non-specialists access to the LSST EPO data set through online tools and interfaces.
  • Enable and facilitate citizen science projects that use LSST data.
  • Further STEM education and training by engaging with educators to enable use of real LSST data in classrooms.
  • Develop multimedia resources for content developers at informal science centers.
  • Build relationships with institutions and organizations serving underrepresented groups in STEM and proactively engage with diverse audiences.
  • Engage with the Chilean community by providing culturally responsive EPO products in Spanish.
  • Remain agile and relevant during the full lifetime of LSST Operations by adjusting to technology trends and changes in educational priorities.
  • Provide evidence-based evaluation of the LSST EPO program and publicly report findings.

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).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.   

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