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Education and Outreach for the Pierre Auger Observatory

G. Snow, on behalf of the Pierre Auger Collaboration

in 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics

Contribution: pdf


The scale and scope of the physics studied at the Pierre Auger Observatory continue to offer significant opportunities for original outreach work. Education, outreach and public relations of the Auger collaboration are coordinated in a dedicated task whose goals are to encourage and support a wide range of efforts that link schools and the public with the Auger scientists and the science of cosmic rays, particle physics, and associated technologies. We focus on the impact of the Collaboration in Mendoza Province, Argentina, and beyond. The newly renovated Auger Visitor Center in Malargue has hosted over 105,000 visitors since 2001, and a sixth collaboration-sponsored science fair was held on the Observatory campus in November 2016. Numerous online resources, video documentaries, and animations of extensive air showers have been created for wide public release. This includes a data set of recorded air shower events which students and teachers can analyze with user-friendly online tools. Increasingly, collaborators draw on these resources to develop Auger related displays and outreach events at their institutions and in public settings to disseminate the science and successes of the Observatory worldwide. We will also highlight education and outreach activities associated with the planned upgrade of the Observatory's detector systems and future physics goals.