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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 and intuitive tools that provide non-specialists access to LSST data. The EPO program seeks to reach a diverse audience and encourage deepening 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.

User Groups

  • General public
  • Formal educators
  • Citizen science principal investigators
  • Content developers at informal science education facilities

Goals of the Program

  • Provide non-specialists access to LSST data through online tools and interfaces.
  • Facilitate citizen science projects that use LSST data.
  • Further STEM education and training by engaging with educators to integrate real LSST data into classrooms and introductory astronomy courses.
  • Develop multi-media resources for content developers at informal science education facilities.
  • Build partnerships with institutions and organizations serving under-represented groups and proactively engage with diverse audiences.
  • Engage with the Chilean community by providing EPO products and programming in Spanish.
  • Remain agile and relevant during the full lifetime of Operations by adjusting to technology trends andchanges in educational priorities.
  • Provide evidence-based evaluation of the LSST EPOprogram 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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