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Brain Teasers

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine.   We asked exhibit developers: What was the biggest challenge you faced in developing your brain exhibit or exhibition, and how did you address it? Here’s what they told us.   Our biggest challenge: realizing that it... Read More

Best Practices for Social Media

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 73% of online U.S. adults now use some kind of social media, and 42% use multiple social networking sites. So how can science centers and museums best harness social media to engage audiences and advance their institutional goals? On Sunday afternoon, Lauren Frieband of... Read More

Real + Virtual: New Horizons for Engagement with Nature

At the Monday morning session “Real + Virtual: New Horizons for Engagement with Nature,” participants learned about ways to use both “real” hands-on natural history specimens and “virtual” digital collections with the public. Session leader Cindy Lincoln of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), Raleigh, was joined by presenters Steve Turner, also of... Read More

Science Centers Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: An international perspective

Are science centers more efficient than schools at helping students cultivate the “soft skills”—like problem solving, critical thinking, and team building—they will need for future careers? Focus groups from 11 countries are beginning to delve into this question in an ASTC-led study. The session “Science Centers Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: An international perspective,” held... Read More

A Time to Heal

When museums and hospitals work together, the resulting partnerships can “bring joy to families going through hard times,” according to Ann Hernandez of Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Michigan. In addition to helping patients and their families, these partnerships can be mutually beneficial to both the museums and hospitals themselves, as panelists explained in the ASTC... Read More