ASTC 2008 attendees will have an opportunity to visit one of the oldest science museums in the United States. This year’s host, the Franklin Institute, was established in 1824 as the first professional organization of mechanical engineers and professional draftsmen in the United States and has survived for more than 175 years, finding ways to adapt, flourish, and create opportunities for expanding knowledge. Through interactive exhibits and programs, its science center inspires a passion for science and technology learning. Signature exhibitions include The Giant Heart, a must-see for more than 50 years, The Train Factory, featuring the 350-ton Baldwin Locomotive, and The Franklin Airshow, home to the Wright Brothers scientific collection.
To introduce attendees to Philadelphia and their institution, the Franklin has organized a variety of events and receptions. Before the conference gets started, drop by a few recently renovated museums during Friday afternoon’s “museum crawl.” Dance Saturday night to music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at the Franklin’s American Bandstand party. During Monday afternoon’s Open House, Big Screen Day, and Planetarium, explore the museum’s exhibits and catch a show or two. Conference sessions will also be held at the science center throughout Monday afternoon.
Visit our online conference planner for a complete listing of conference events and sessions.