Global Positioning: Revisiting the Science Center Model

May 15th, 2004 - Posted in 2004, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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May/June 2004

Does our science center model need an overhaul? That was the question posed in the session of that title, led by ASTC president Pelle Persson and Buffalo Museum of Science President and CEO David Chesebrough, at the 2003 ASTC Annual Conference in St. Paul. The roundtable discussion attracted an overflow crowd—an indication that the topic resonates for many in the field. In preparation for a follow-up at ASTC 2004 in San Jose, this issue offers additional perspectives and some examples of ways that science centers are reexamining and repurposing their institutions for a new century.

CONTENTS
• If We Could Do It Again, by Emlyn Koster
• The Dana Centre: Science for Adults Only, by Graham Farmelo
• Agents of Change: Reinventing the Ontario Science Center, by Jennifer Martin
• People to People: Tying Science to Culture in South Africa, by Jon Weinberg
Who’s Driving the Engine? Finding Your Model for the Sustainable Future, by Thomas Krakauer
• The Darwin Centre: Integrating Collections and Communication, by Neil Chalmers
• Citizen Science: Involving the Public in Research, by Rick Bonney and Melinda S. LaBranche
• Social Inclusion, Science, and the Quality of Life, by Paulo Gadelha

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