LSST Education and Public Outreach (EPO) will enable public access to a subset of LSST data so anyone can explore the universe and be part of the discovery process.
LSST EPO will offer experiences ranging from exploration of astronomical imagery and information to more complex engagement and interaction with LSST data using tools similar to those used by professional astronomers.
To deliver data to the public, LSST EPO is creating a website to serve as the online connection to EPO activities. The website will be accessible through web browsers and will also be optimized for use on mobile devices. The website will include a multimedia gallery, an interactive Skyviewer, online science notebooks, and links to citizen science projects.
EPO will develop web-based astronomy investigations for advanced middle school, high school, and introductory college classrooms; these will be provided online through science notebooks. EPO will develop six sets of themed investigations built around the main LSST science areas. These strategically chosen themes will support learning of topics that teachers already address, while also aligning with the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the USA and the Curriculum Nacional in Chile. All investigations will be available in English and Spanish.
The EPO Team will work with Zooniverse to add LSST data compatibility to their Project Builder tool, allowing scientists working with LSST data to easily create citizen science projects that help them accomplish their research goals and engage with a global community. EPO anticipates that the number of citizen science projects in the astronomy field will increase dramatically when LSST is operational, giving a new generation of citizen scientists the opportunity to deepen their engagement with astronomy using real data from LSST.
LSST EPO will provide free multimedia visualizations for use by museums, science centers, and planetariums around the world, offering maximum flexibility in adapting the materials to their specific needs. These visualizations, associated metadata, and distribution methods will follow industry standards and best practices.
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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