Host a Webb Space Telescope Community Event for First Images 2022

Overview

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space (mission trailer). NASA and its partners want to share the experience of the Webb Space Telescope’s first images with communities all over the United States and abroad. 

We will help community organizations celebrate this generational moment in our exploration of the universe by hosting Webb Space Telescope Community Events (in-person, virtual or hybrid). The release of Webb’s first images in July 2022, represents a unique opportunity to engage your community through some of humanity’s biggest questions: How does the universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone?

This is part of a long-term, sustained public engagement initiative. NASA’s vision for the Community Events is to create and nurture generations of science enthusiasts, including underserved audiences, through long-term, meaningful engagement with Webb’s discoveries. More than 450 organizations in the US celebrated Webb’s launch, which was on December 25, 2021, by hosting events around the country through the fall and winter. To apply to be a Community Event host, click here. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 25, 2022.

Engagement Goals

We have three goals for the Webb Community Events:

  1. Make science accessible to all, especially underserved communities.
  2. Share the value of science discovery with images and other data that will inspire curiosity.
  3. Help people experience the joy, beauty and power of STEM. 

Who Can Be a Host

Any community organization that communicates or wishes to communicate science to the public can participate. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Astronomy clubs and amateur astronomers (including those in the Night Sky Network)
  • Community colleges, colleges or universities
  • K-12 schools, clubs or classrooms
  • Local community organizations (YMCAs, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.)
  • Museums (non-science or science-focused)
  • Nature centers or parks
  • Observatories (formal or informal)
  • Planetariums
  • Public libraries
  • Science centers
  • Solar System Ambassadors
  • Visitors centers

We welcome venues of all sizes. We are seeking to engage the public at large, not only space buffs. We particularly encourage institutions that engage populations or communities that are underserved to participate.


To apply to be a Community Event host, click here. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 25, 2022.


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope separates from its Ariane 5 rocket with the bright blue Earth in the background in this view captured after its launch on Dec. 25, 2021.

Image: The James Webb Space Telescope upon separating from the final Ariane V rocket stage.


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If you have questions, please contact Anita Dey (anita.dey@nasa.gov) or Peter Sooy (peter.r.sooy@nasa.gov).


What We Will Provide 

  • A point of contact to answer questions and provide assistance as necessary (U.S. only)
  • Access to expert knowledge 
  • Optional training (U.S. only)
  • Editable public presentation slide deck
  • Selected physical materials (may include bookmarks, stickers, etc.) (U.S. only)
  • Digital materials (activity guides, videos, web features, etc.)
  • Materials to help you promote your events (including editable digital flyers)
  • Updates on Webb’s status
  • Ways to connect to others in your area who are interested in celebrating Webb’s first images (U.S. only)

Event Timing and Format

First image Community Events can take place anytime between the day the images are released in July and October. Events that take place on the day of image release, however, will be more visible. The events can be in-person, virtual or hybrid. 

Requirements

  • Have a safety plan, including COVID-19 considerations, as well as a virtual back-up plan for in person events
  • Work with community partners to reach underserved audiences in their communities
  • Host an event that is free or does not charge an extra fee in addition to standard admission & open to the public (or your membership)
  • Offer feedback through our evaluation form

To apply to be a Community Event host, click here. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 25, 2022.


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