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November 2: Science Identity for Learners in Informal Environments

Join Johnny Fraser of the Institute of Learning Innovation and other researchers for this online discussion in the CAISE Forum, November 2-6. The discussion will build on results of a recent survey about “science identity”—how learners view themselves with respect to science and become comfortable with, knowledgeable about, or interested in science. “Identity” was one... Read More

Communicating science to public audiences

Join an ASTC Connect discussion, May 11-15, sixth in a series on the theme of strengthening relationships among science museums, research scientists, and engineers. Pacific Science Center (PSC) staff will facilitate, building on experience gained from Portal to the Public, an NSF-funded project of PSC, Albuquerque’s Explora, the North Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the... Read More

Museums boost science learning, new report finds

Today, the (U.S.) National Research Council (NRC) released a highly anticipated report on learning in informal settings. According to the NRC, “tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways – by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Public understanding of climate science got an infusion of energy with the December launch of a major national collaborative designed to engage citizens of all ages directly in investigations of local indicators of climate change. Communicating Climate Change, a project of ASTC’s IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) Initiative, pairs 12 science centers with research... Read More

Global sustainability: Where do science centers fit in?

How can science centers better catalyze public understanding and local action on climate change? At a plenary session October 19, ASTC conference participants joined in an animated, action-oriented discussion moderated by Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio. Providing background for the discussion were Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change... Read More

Communicating climate change

ASTC has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year collaborative project entitled Communicating Climate Change. The grant, awarded by NSF’s Informal Science Education Program, will enable ASTC to advance the informal learning sector’s contribution to public engagement with climate science and the implications of global warming. Partners include the... Read More