ASTC On Air withOwen Gaffney

The next edition of ASTC On Air will stream live on Tuesday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m. ET. We’ll be speaking with Owen Gaffney, director of international media and strategy at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and writer and analyst working in global-change research. ASTC On Air is a series in which we interview fascinating individuals... Read More

Marketing Success Stories

This is a supplement to an article on marketing successes and failures that appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. To announce the Orlando Science Center, Florida, surpassing a record 500,000 total visitors for the year, we developed an opportunity that attracted great buzz and media attention. We wanted to award our 500,000th... Read More

The Passing of Sally Duensing

ASTC is incredibly sad to share the news of the passing of Sally Duensing, a star in the science center field. The following was written by Dennis Bartels, executive director of the Exploratorium. Long-time Exploratorium veteran and family member Sally Duensing has passed away after a lengthy hospitalization. Sally is an Exploratorium legend, and her... Read More

Science Centers at COP21

ASTC is organizing science center networks to participate in the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris. On behalf of the European Network for Science Centres & Museums (ECSITE), the Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology (RedPop), the South African Association of Science & Technology Centres (SAASTEC), and the National... Read More

No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum

“Talk about money, and everybody shows up!” Ann Metzger remarked to a standing-room-only crowd at the Monday morning ASTC 2015 session “No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum.” Metzger, the Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, convened a group of chief executives to discuss the “nitty gritty” details... Read More

A Growing Network: Year 1 of the YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community

Written by Lesley Markam On Monday October 19, the YOUMedia Learning Labs team showcased their year-old YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community. The community has emerged from the successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and MacArthur Foundation-funded Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums project that developed learning labs for teens in 24 museums and... Read More

Mad Science Done Sanely

Christina Beargie, floor science manager at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, opened “Mad Science Done Sanely” with a question: “Who does demos where you blow stuff up?” About two thirds of the session’s attendees raised their hands. Beargie responded with a smile, “You are my people.” And she was right. This session around safety in science... Read More