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Measuring our carbon footprint

As science center professionals began gathering in Philadelphia for the ASTC Annual Conference, participants from five continents took part in a day-long workshop, “Measuring Our Carbon Footprint and Fingerprints on Climate Change,” hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences. ASTC’s International Action on Global Warming (IGLO) initiative invited representatives from various research institutions including the... Read More

Science meets art in LA

ASTC Annual Conference-goers will have a chance to get an inside view of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) during a preconference tour, Friday, October 12. GCI is part of the 110-acre, hilltop Getty Center campus in western Los Angeles that also houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Leadership Institute,... Read More

Personalizing the science center experience

Discussion starts Monday, July 23, in ASTC Connect’s New Science Center Models Forum about how science centers can respond to new possibilities for customizing user experiences. As moderator Beverly Sheppard notes, many science centers are moving from an “attraction model” to an “engagement model.” Participants will share experiences and reflections about personal customization and user-generated content. Beverly Sheppard is president... Read More

When Schools Meet Museums: Finding a Third Way

By Bronwyn Bevan Let’s assume that you, the reader, already believe that informal science institutions (ISIs) can be powerful centers of science learning expertise, resources, and experience in their communities. You know that visitors to science museums, zoos, aquariums, and the like can see, touch, explore, and imagine aspects of the natural world that often... Read More