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Youth Inspired Challenge web site launches

ASTC is pleased to announce the launch of the Youth Inspired Challenge website, www.youthinspiredchallenge.org.  The site is dedicated to documenting the valuable programs offered by ASTC member institutions around the world that engage youth in hands-on STEM learning and nurture tomorrow’s STEM leaders.  Visitors will find general information about the Challenge, a directory of participating... Read More

ASTC Diversity Fellow Named ‘Imiloa Executive Director

In December 2009, Ka’iu Kimura was named Interim Director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is the first alumnus of the ASTC Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows program to be named as executive director or CEO of an ASTC-member institution. Kimura has been involved with the center since initial planning began... Read More

ASTC Connect Forum: Beyond painting science pink

How can museums create science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs that present solid science content in ways that engage girls’ interests and learning styles? In “Beyond Painting Science Pink: Creating Programs that Engage Girls in STEM,” an October 31 session at the ASTC Annual Conference, Christina Soontornvat of the Austin Children’s Museum, Texas, led a panel discussion on integrating... Read More

The business case for culturally competent institutions

Most science centers have made a philosophical commitment to embracing and supporting diverse staff and audiences. However, moving from commitment to implementation requires resources and a long-term commitment to efforts that key decision-makers may not see as directly improving the bottom line. In “The Business Case for Culturally Competent Institutions,” an October 31 session at the... Read More

Ten years of the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program

This year marks the 10th anniversary of ASTC’s Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program, designed to support people of color in the science center field and to increase the diversity of delegates at the ASTC Annual Conference. In response to the ever-changing nature of equity and diversity issues, eligibility criteria have since been expanded to... Read More