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Dimensions, July/August 2016—School’s Out, STEM’s In

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2016 Out-of-school time programs—which serve children before or after school, on weekends, or during school vacations—provide excellent opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage deeply in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. ASTC is working with the Afterschool Alliance to facilitate partnerships between science centers and out-of-school time providers... Read More

What’s in a Name?

By Anthony (Bud) Rock We have a love/hate relationship with labels and definitions. They can promote and glorify, or they can constrain or even misrepresent. They can be irrelevant, or they can be essential. ASTC is a robust collection of centers, museums, institutes, academies, places, and “ariums” of all sorts. Much has already been written... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2016—The Power of Place

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2016 Inspired by the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, this issue of Dimensions focuses on an educational approach that many science centers and museums share with parks and heritage sites: place-based learning. A place-based approach draws upon an institution’s local context and historical, environmental, and cultural surroundings. Many science... Read More

Coming November 10: International Science Center and Science Museum Day

By Anthony (Bud) Rock Between 2016 and 2030, the world’s population is projected to grow from 7.4 billion to 8.4 billion, adding about 73 million people to the planet every year. Referring to this global trend, Wu Hongbo, United Nations (UN) undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, noted that global sustainability goals will be influenced... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2016—Looking Toward the Future of Energy

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2016 Communities and nations across the globe are faced with the challenge of meeting rising energy demands in environmentally and economically responsible ways. In this issue of Dimensions, science centers and related institutions share how they are increasing energy literacy through exhibitions, education programs, artworks, and more. These institutions are promoting... Read More

Investing in Renewable Energy: Aligning Actions with Mission and Values

By Richard V. Piacentini From Dimensions March/April 2016 In October 2015, the Board of Trustees of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, voted to move our investments in fossil fuels to investments in renewable energy. The initiative was first presented to our board’s executive committee in September and finance committee in October. While this appears... Read More

Introducing the New Online Journal Connected Science Learning

By Anthony (Bud) Rock I am delighted to report that ASTC has joined with the National Science Teachers Association to launch a new, free online journal, Connected Science Learning. This new journal will help bridge in-school and out-of-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by showcasing highly effective programs, practices, collaborations, and research taking... Read More