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Dimensions, July/Augustl 2011—Money Matters: Science Centers Thriving in Tough Times

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2011 Faced with the challenges resulting from the worldwide economic crisis, science centers and museums must work diligently and creatively to maintain financial viability. Many science centers are diversifying their income sources, both by adhering to time-tested best practices of fundraising and by pursuing new methods and opportunities. Especially in these... Read More

The State of the Science Center

By Katherine I. Goodall From Dimensions July/August 2011 There is no question that recent years have been extraordinarily challenging for those responsible for the financial well being of science centers and museums. Since the global economic downturn began in 2008, every revenue stream has been under threat. Some organizations have been forced to make huge... Read More

Great Opportunities Through Active Corporate Partnerships

By Larry Dubinski From Dimensions July/August 2011 U.S. nonprofit organizations have long benefitted from the largesse of the for-profit sector. In 2009, corporations donated more than $14 billion to U.S. charitable causes, and the corporate sector has proven especially fruitful for science centers. Many centers—including the Franklin Institute (TFI) in Philadelphia, where I oversee external... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2011—A Class Act: Science Centers and Teachers

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2011 Many science centers are deeply involved in providing professional development and support to teachers; in fact, 84 percent of ASTC’s science center and museum members offer teacher workshops or institutes. With their emphasis on active, inquiry-based learning and real-life experiences, science centers can help teachers deepen their own understandings of... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2011—Building Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2011 Nations around the world recognize that to be competitive in the global economy and to address a variety of societal issues, they must cultivate a strong and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. In September 2010, the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology proposed a... Read More

Why So Few? Barriers to Women’s Participation in STEM, and How Science Centers Can Help

By Andresse St. Rose From ASTC Dimensions March/April 2011 Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are critical to the economies of the United States and nations around the world. Therefore, expanding and developing the STEM workforce is a crucial issue for governments, industry leaders, and educators. For example, although women and girls in the United... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2011—Opening Doors and Extending Our Reach

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2011 Science centers and museums are increasingly making the commitment to bring science to all people. Yet there are many reasons why some members of our communities do not typically visit us. In this issue, we look at the many creative ways science centers are overcoming barriers—including cost, location, lack of... Read More

Responsive and Accessible: How Museums Are Using Research to Better Engage Diverse Cultural Communities

By Cecilia Garibay From ASTC Dimensions January/February 2011 In recent decades, we’ve learned about visitors at science centers and museums and how their experiences can positively impact science learning (National Research Council, 2009). Excepting Hood’s work (1981) on non–museum goers, however, little attention has been paid to those who do not typically visit museums. Only... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2010—Face to Face: Connecting Scientists with the Public

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2010 With their firm grounding in science and expertise in public engagement, science centers and museums are in a unique position to help scientists communicate effectively with the public. In this issue, we share stories of how science centers are bringing scientists and the public together to facilitate dialogue and enhance... Read More