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Social Impact

Social impact and community engagement are at the core of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s work. We are taking a leading role in developing inclusive and accessible STEM education, outreach, and engagement programs throughout Chile and the United States. Through a community-based approach, we partner with local leading organizations, and subject matter experts to co-develop equity-driven programs that are intentionally designed to broaden participation in STEM.

Our Impact

6,500+ Students & 230+ Teachers
We’ve brought hands-on inclusive astronomy education to 6,500+ students and 230 teachers through 80+ teacher training workshops and visits to 30+ rural public schools across Chile.
30+ Community Engagement Events
From Astronomy Day in La Serena, Chile, to City of STEM festival in Los Angeles, California, our team has brought informal STEM learning, including mobile planetariums, virtual reality telescope tours, and public talks to 30+ community-based events.
62,000+ People
We’ve engaged with 62,000+ people through our social impact programs, from public events and conferences to hands-on education for K-12 students.
230+ Artists
2023 marked our inaugural Art and Astronomy Contest: Extrasolar. Through this program 230+ artists submitted artistic interpretations of exoplanets, which 12,000+ members of the public engaged with.

2023 Social Impact Report

Our Programs

  1. Community Outreach
    Our community outreach program is a dynamic initiative that spans the United States and Chile. Through public events including experiences ranging from pop-up planetariums to virtual-reality telescope tours, this program aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds through the wonders of astronomy and the exciting future of the Giant Magellan Telescope.
  2. Inclusive Astronomy Education
    In collaboration with Fundación Ecoscience and Las Campanas Observatories, and with support from the US Embassy in Chile, our flagship K-12 Education Program provides thousands of Chilean K-12 students hands-on astronomy education through our LabMóvil ConCiencia Astronomía. The LabMóvil travels around Chile to remote and underserved communities.
  3. Art and Astronomy
    Science and art come together with Extrasolar, the first Chilean digital art contest that invites both the youth and adults to imagine what the universe is like beyond our solar system. The initiative – driven by Fundación Antenna and the Giant Magellan Telescope – seeks to promote the relationship between astronomy and art through creativity, to visualize distant exoplanets.
  4. Science Community Engagement
    Our science community engagement program enables astronomy students, observers, theorists, and instrumentalists to learn about, and engage with the Giant Magellan Telescope teams. Events include our annual Community Science Meeting, as well as public talks, booths and open houses at scientific conferences like the bi-annual American Astronomical Society meetings.
  5. Dark Skies Preservation
    Chile is the best astronomical location in the world, due to its incredible dark and clear skies. By 2030, nearly 70% of the world’s astronomical infrastructure will be in Chile. The Giant Magellan Telescope is a founding member of the Fundación Cielos de Chile (FCC), an organization dedicated to protecting the dark skies of Northern Chile. We are long-time supporters and collaborators with the Oficina de Protección de los Cielos de Chile (OPCC). Together with government officials, the FCC and the OPCC work to establish periodic improvements to the Norma Lumínica, the regulatory body for public and other open spaces illumination, and astronomy-friendly fixtures.

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