Connecting Teachers and Science

November 15th, 2002 - Posted in 2002, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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November/December 2002

At most science centers, professional development for teachers is a key part of education programs. In a 2001 ASTC survey, 84 percent of U.S. members reported offering teacher workshops; for members in other countries, the figure was 76 percent. What is increasingly common, however, in this era of educational reform and national standards, is that schools are looking to science centers for long-term teacher support and inspiration, not just one-shot content sessions. In this issue, we explore how ASTC members are meeting teachers’ needs while fostering their deeper relationship with science.

CONTENTS
Helping Teachers Teach: A Learner-Centered Approach to Professional Development, by Lee Schmitt
• A Place of Their Own, by Tina Nolan
• Extraordinary Environments: Sharing Science with Teachers, by Colleen Blair
• Informal Meets Formal: Museum Educators and Communities of Practice, by Elsa B. Bailey and George E. Hein
• A Teacher’s Story, by Julie Ferris
• Standards-Based Testing: Obstacle or Opportunity?, by Christine Klein and Bob Gaskin
• Content Counts: Teacher-Led Curriculum Projects, by Eileen Engel, Laura Fawcett and Virginia Zanger
• Sign On for Science: Online Support for Teachers, by Rose Falanga, Deborah Hunt and Carol Parssinen
• Personal Connections: Building Scientist/Teacher Partnerships, by Marjorie Bardeen, Thomas Jordan and Cathy Clemens

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Building Technology Literacy

September 15th, 2002 - Posted in 2002, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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September/October 2002

Have science-technology centers been emphasizing one half of their mandate at the expense of the other? The 2002 publication of Technology Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, is challenging museums to measure their current exhibits and programs against a strong model of technology literacy. In this issue, we look at where we are now and where we might be headed.

CONTENTS
Technology Literacy: What Informal Education Has to Offer, by Alan J. Friedman
• A Blueprint for Change
• Technology and Its Makers: A New Perspective for Science Museums, by Cary Sneider, Larry Bell, David Rabkin David Ellis
• A World in Motion: Partnering with a Professional Association, by Cindy Borchert
• A House Filled with Technology: Putting the Everyday World in Context, by Lena Embertsen
• Tech City: Addressing Diversity and Process in an Engineering Exhibition, by Charles H. Trautmann, Anthony R. Ingraffea and Kathleen R. Krafft
• Design Challenge: Learning Through Problem Solving, by Susan Wageman and Craig Baker
• Celebrating Ingenuity: ASTC’s Technology Museums
• Playing Around with Exhibition Development, by Gretchen Jennings

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The Meeting of Art & Science

July 1st, 2002 - Posted in 2002, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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July/August 2002

Are art and science mutually incomprehensible, the “two-cultures” described by physicist C.P. Snow? Or are they mutually complementary, two ways of expressing what physicist David Bohm called “a certain oneness and totality, a wholeness”? In this issue, museum professionals discuss the roles that artists play in their institutions and explore what happens when art and science meet.

CONTENTS
The Greater Good: Why We Need Artists in Science Museums, by Peter Richards
• Mirroring Technology, by Marc Girard
• Whole-Body Learning: The Role of Dance in Science Centers, by Jan Crocker
• A Universe Shared, by Jeanne T. Gerulskis
• Taking Art and Science Public: A Project of the California Science Center, by Diane C. Perlov
• Please Touch, by Sean Bradley and George Mummert
• A Beautiful Wholeness: Art and Science at Universum, by Sergio de Regules
• The Genesis of a Sculpture, by Joaquin Fargas

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Strategies for Tough Times

May 15th, 2002 - Posted in 2002, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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May/June 2002

Stagnant attendance, canceled field trips, staff layoffs, and budget cutbacks—recent reports from ASTC members have been sobering. Although these post-September 11th anxieties may be new for many science centers and museums, operational challenges are not. In this issue, we look at strategies that allow institutions to survive and thrive even when the going gets tough.

CONTENTS
• Difficult Experiences: A Museum Forum on the Lessons of September 11th, by Emlyn Koster Peterson
• Rising Waters: How Natural Disaster Saved a Struggling Museum, by Nancy Stueber
Promises to Keep: Making Branding Work for Science Centers, by Joyce Gardella
• Raising a Museum, by Charlie Trautmann and Melissa Gattine
• Turning Things Around: Crisis Control for Troubled Museums, by Kim L. Cavendish
• Thriving on Tough Times: How Maloka Became a Beacon for Columbia, by Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos
• MAP-ping a Solution

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Hands-On Health: Science Centers and Public Health Education

March 15th, 2002 - Posted in 2002, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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March/April 2002

Visitors come to science centers and museums trusting that the information they find will be accurate and unbiased. Nowhere is our obligation to earn that trust more important than in exhibits and programs related to human health and well-being. The health information we provide today—to individuals and to the public at large—may shape the life decisions of tomorrow.

CONTENTS
• Putting Health in Context, by Beverly Sanford
• The Science Education Partnership Awards: Building Collaboration, Changing Lives, by Krishan K. Arora, Meena Selvakumar, Carol Lynn Alpert, Cheryl D. McCallum, Susan I Holloway, William Hal Martin and Jennifer Bistrack
• Epidemic! Evaluating the Impact of a Public Health Exhibition, by Ellen Giusti and Monique Scott
The Unfiltered Truth: Tackling Youth Smoking, by Stephen H. Baumann
• Empowering Children: Health Programs as an Extension of Mission, by Berta MacGregor
• Reliable Sources: What Museum Visitors Gain from Health Programs, by Lynn D. Dierking

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