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LSST Education and Public Outreach (EPO)


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A talk on the LSST Education and Public Outreach program delivered at the joint LSST Science Collaboration Chairs/Project Science Team telecon on July 18, 2017.

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LSST Education and Public Outreach (EPO)

  1. 1. Education and Public Outreach Dr Amanda Bauer Head of LSST EPO
  2. 2. 2 Education And Public Outreach Purpose To provide non-specialists access to LSST data through easy-to-use digital tools and interfaces that engage diverse communities with authentic research experiences and activities.
  3. 3. 3 Audiences for LSST EPO General Public Formal Educators Citizen scientists Content developers at informal science education facilities
  4. 4. 4 Key responsibilities of EPO • 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 bring authentic research experiences and activities to their classrooms. • Build partnerships with institutions and organizations serving under-represented groups and proactively engage with diverse audiences. • Engage with the Chilean community through Spanish-language components of the EPO programing. • Remain agile and relevant during the full lifetime of Operations by adjusting to technology trends and educational priorities. • Provide evidence-based evaluation of the LSST EPO program and publicly report findings.
  5. 5. 5 Citizen Science EPO Portal • Sky Viewer • Education Hub • Science Notebooks • Gallery This talk will highlight the following with wireframe web designs:
  6. 6. EPO Portal Mobile-friendly The online connection to all EPO public interfaces EVALUATION: EPO will proactively test all facets of the EPO Portal with diverse learners and those traditionally under-represented in STEM to ensure deliverables remain relevant, accessible, interesting, and engaging to diverse audiences. We will achieve this by working with community partners, minority-serving institutions, museums, libraries, and recruiters to evaluate engagement with those audiences. The EPO portal is powered by a cloud-based EPO Data Center which allows for scalable, on-demand computing as fit for the EPO audience.
  8. 8. EPO Portal - Skyviewer MEETING NAME - DATE - LOCATION • Powered with Annual Data Release Images • Zoomable, interactive • Curated selections of objects highlighted on Skyviewer • Alert Stream highlights • Object Pages (for objects in EPO Data Center) • Connections to science notebooks and citizen science projects
  9. 9. Data Access
  10. 10. 12 EPO Science Notebooks • Pathway from less-technical to more sophisticated interfaces and tools, as users wish. • Use Jupyter suite with Python and DM back end modules, but EPO-specific User Interface • Difference between EPO audiences and scientific community in user expectations, load, complexity of interactions. • LSST Researchers can deploy EPO notebooks for their EPO efforts and work with LSST EPO to connect with classrooms and professional development.
  11. 11. MEETING NAME - DATE - LOCATION Education Hub
  12. 12. EPO Portal - Education Hub MEETING NAME - DATE - LOCATION • Science notebooks allow educators to modify activities to meet the needs of individual students, provide unique data samples to each student, combine the results of all students for real-time discussion, and compare class results to other classrooms around the region or world • Tiered modules relevant to curriculum (Next-Generation Science Standards in the USA and goals of the Explora program through CONICYT in Chile) • Professional Teacher Development • LSST Researchers can deploy EPO notebooks for their EPO efforts and work with LSST EPO to connect with classrooms and professional development. • EPO works with DM to leverage effort
  14. 14. MEETING NAME - DATE - LOCATION Citizen Science
  15. 15. MEETING NAME - DATE - LOCATION Legend EPO storage of scrubbed data Researcher with LSST Data Rights* wants to play with citizen science ideas. * Limited to users with data rights and access ** Researcher automatically informed if similar query has been previously submitted. ^ Only >100 if Data Rights Panel approves such a request *** Launch Panel verifies Project passes beta testing and submits full query for official Project launch Project beta tested with public volunteers. Researcher can iterate Project based on feedback When satisfied with Project, researcher clicks “Ready for Panel Review” on test webpage Researcher uses Project for a specific audience (classroom, within team*, etc) Data Rights Panel determines readiness for beta testing and identifies approved metadata to retain Through the Zooniverse Project Builder Tool, researcher submits query to retrieve data Full Project launch on Zooniverse page Zooniverse storage of sample data sets Researcher accesses sample dataset** and sets up Project. Can iterate sample dataset Researcher action Launch Panel*** Panel Action Zooniverse API queries DAC API and retrieves sample of 100 rows for testing project EPO/DM/Zooniverse action Panel representative reruns query for approved data to DAC API, scrubbing metadata as determined by Data Rights Panel. New 100 object sample set^ is stored in the EDC Citizen Science
  16. 16. 23 How LSST scientists can use and contribute to EPO programming? • Donate code for Education Hub modules and science notebooks • Contribute Science Notebook activity ideas and science questions • Deploy EPO notebooks for their own EPO efforts • Work with LSST EPO to connect with classrooms and professional development. • Share networks to improve our testing and evaluation, particularly with minority- serving institutions and those traditionally under-represented in STEM • Prepare to lead Citizen Science Projects using LSST data. • Seek out diversity/equity/inclusion training to communicate skillfully and sensitively with under-represented groups