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Education and Public Outreach: Interacting with Data in the Browser
We need you to help dazzle our audiences! Over the past year, EPO has built many browser-based tools for directly interacting with real data. Currently, these tools have been applied specifically to the formal classroom activities we have developed. In this session, EPO will present an overview of these tools, show some demos, and invite participants to try them for themselves. We look to brainstorm new ways we can use these tools for communicating Rubin science or for feedback on the widgets, data interactions, and classroom investigations themselves. This hands-on session will be responsive to the interest of the participants.
During this session, we will invite you to visit this link and explore samples of interactive widgets. We’d like to get your feedback on the tools (Are they fun? Are they engaging?). We’d also like your help to generate use cases for how you might use these tools to communicate science to the general public. You can provide us feedback during the session on the slack channel (#day4-thu-slot3b-epo) and through this survey form.
Please note that you can find links to 5 full draft investigations below. These data-driven classroom investigations take 1-2 hours to fully complete, use Rubin's LSST data to explore a range of commonly-taught principles in astronomy and physics, and offer all the context necessary to use the tools featured in this session.
Live notes document for this session.
Exploding Stars - Learn how to associate images with light curves, classify the light curves of Type Ia and Type IIp SNe, and use the Ia light curve to make distance measurements.
Exploring the Observable Universe - Use light to measure distances to far away galaxies.
The Expanding Universe - Learn how to populate a Hubble diagram from observed astronomical images and how the diagram is used to determine the expansion of the universe. You also explore the idea of isotropy for the expanding universe.
Surveying the Solar System - Make observations of newly-discovered solar system objects using an orbit visualizer to determine the object type.
A Window to the Stars - Examine what types of stars live in our Galaxy and discover whether our Sun is a typical star. You also examine the HR Diagrams (Temp-Lumo) of several star clusters to look at a range of star properties: temperatures, sizes, masses, lifetimes, and energy outputs.
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.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.