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Your Institution Can Take Part in the FIRST Robotics Competition…thanks to jcpenney

U.S.-based ASTC member institutions are encouraged to participate in an exciting program with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) gives teams of 25 or more high school students the chance to work alongside professional engineers to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field... Read More

Owen Gaffney, IGBP director of communications, to speak at ASTC 2011

Owen Gaffney, director of communications at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Stockholm, Sweden, has been confirmed as a featured speaker at the 2011 ASTC Annual Conference in Baltimore. The IGBP, a project of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is one of four international programs coordinating global-change research. A respected science journalist, Gaffney was previously... Read More

The Wild Center and Heureka participate in environmental exchange

Communities around the world are starting to notice climate changes that may affect their cultures, lifestyles, and economies. This year, Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre, Vantaa, and The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, New York, have brought members of their communities together to exchange experiences and discuss community learning and action on energy saving, climate issues,... Read More

Noyce Leadership Fellows announced

On March 1, the Noyce Foundation, in collaboration ASTC and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced the fourth cohort of Noyce Leadership Fellows. Through their Fellowships, 18 senior level managers from science centers and related institutions will increase their capacity to lead effectively; to advance innovation in their institutions and communities;... Read More

ASTC members awarded NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants for science education

On November 15, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education announced that it has awarded Environmental Literacy Grants totaling more than $8 million to 17 institutions, including seven ASTC member museums, to engage the public in science education activities that improve understanding and stewardship of the local and global environment. “NOAA is... Read More

How green does your garden grow?

Moving from the Convention Center to the Bishop Museum, ASTC Annual Conference attendees had an opportunity to get outdoors and dig in the dirt. Held on October 4, “Involving the Community in Environmental Issues: A Hands-On Garden Workshop” led participants through a garden exploration that demonstrated how gardening outreach programs can help engage underserved local... Read More

For the greater good

To be holistically engaged in science-and-society matters of regional, national, and/or global relevance requires new approaches to mission, vision, values, and strategy. In the October 4 session, “Science and Society: Illuminating What Matters,” panelists discussed how institutions can start to transform themselves with bold new aims, and perhaps more importantly, what the consequences are of... Read More