We bring the wonders of the Hubble mission and its science-transforming discoveries directly to the public.
The goal of OPO’s outreach program is to bring the wonders of the HST and JWST missions directly to the public. OPO’s outreach activities are broad and include inspire-level efforts that serve to connect to the efforts of other organizations and groups, as well as to specific audiences and the general public. Our outreach activities are designed to promote awareness of, and increase public interest in, NASA's HST and JWST missions and promote interest in STEM careers. They also are designed to initially reach and engage a large number of individuals, while becoming more focused and connecting individuals who demonstrate an interest in NASA to additional resources and programming.
One component of our outreach program involves distributing information about HST and JWST during local school visits by scientists and content experts, public science presentations, and key outreach events such as astronomy festivals, STEM career fairs, and Space Day events. Specific examples of our outreach activities in this area include our ongoing Public Lecture Series and regular participation in the MESA Pre-College Fair, Astronomy Night on the Mall, and the USA Science and Engineering Festival. School visits and public events are supported by standards-based, hands-on activities that provide student and public audiences the opportunity to apply STEM skills in venues outside of the classroom setting. In addition, these activities allow students and members of the public to meet and interact with scientists and content experts directly involved with the HST and JWST missions.
A second component of our outreach efforts involves the creation of inspirational and accurate hardcopy and web-based support materials. These materials include posters, blogs, videos, and brochures. These materials are designed to communicate the latest discoveries of HST and/or provide the public a behind-the-scenes look into the development and unique scientific aspects of JWST. They also serve to enhance interest in STEM-related careers among students in the K-14 education community. Overarching themes such as exploring new science, utilizing new technology, and inspiring future scientists are emphasized.
The above activities are supported by the third component of our outreach program — an online presence via the Hubblesite website, the James Webb Space Telescope website, and social media platforms. This component of our outreach program provides an avenue for audiences to further connect with us, explore additional content and materials, and learn more about the HST and JWST missions.