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Saint Louis Science Center hosts first annual SciFest

On October 9–13, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri, invited visitors to celebrate and engage in science at SciFest 08. The new annual event featured sessions and demonstrations on topics ranging from the science of chocolate and the physics of rock & roll, to climate change and the future of cancer research. Physicist Mark Lewney used... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2008—Science Celebrations

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2008 In 2009, science centers and museums will celebrate the Year of Science, Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and the International Year of Astronomy. Every year, many institutions plan programs around global initiatives like Earth Science Week and international holidays like World Environment Day. New celebrations such as NanoDays and the Cambridge... Read More

Cooking Up Science in Cambridge

By John Durant and P.A. d’Arbeloff From ASTC Dimensions November/December 2008 Recipe: Take one science city. Carefully extract the juiciest parts, making sure to retain all the most enthusiastic graduate students, and as many superstar researchers and Nobel Laureates as you can find. Mix thoroughly with generous quantities of actors, artists, broadcasters, critics, curators, entrepreneurs,... Read More

Back to school

Last year, ASTC members served millions of students through school outreach programs. That work continued this morning at the ASTC Annual Conference with an off-site session, Outreach Live. Presenters from around the region brought their science centers’ best outreach programs to the Friends Select School in Philadelphia for both students and museum colleagues. A roundtable discussion followed to review and evaluate... Read More

Wowing with science

The Live Demonstration Hour has been an ASTC Annual Conference event for over 20 years. A hallmark of science centers, science demonstrations date back to the 17th century. Later, Benjamin Franklin entertained his friends and neighbors with his own experiments. This morning, presenters from across the United States wowed conference goers with their stretch rope walking skills, musical abilities,... Read More

Science center leaders attend ASTC Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Science center professionals are beginnning to arrive in Philadelphia for the 2008 ASTC annual conference. For the next four days, over 140 conference sessions will challenge participants to explore their responsibility to both their scientific and public constituencies and ask: What role do we play in reflecting or supporting the views of these communities? How do... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2008—’A Powerful Force for Good’: Science Centers and Social Issues

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2008 In April, ASTC committed to a new strategic direction, recognizing the responsibility of science centers to address critical societal issues locally and globally. The Toronto Declaration, presented at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress in June, underscored ASTC’s new focus, proclaiming that science centers can be “a powerful force for... Read More