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Upcoming Webinar: Funding for Informal STEM Programs from the U.S. Department of Education

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:00 p.m. ET      When considering where to look for program funding, science center and museum staff rarely look to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) or to State Departments of Education as potential sources of support. Please join ASTC and Dr. Ellen Lettvin Robert, Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning... Read More

Calling All Diversity Fellows!

If you are a current or past ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow, we want to hear your story. You are invited to be a part of ASTC’s Diversity Fellows Legacy Video. This video will be showcased at the ASTC Annual Conference and will be a lasting artifact to celebrate the legacy of this cornerstone... Read More

Why we are participating in International Science Center and Science Museum Day

The first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) will take place on November 10. It’s quickly approaching, so it’s time for everybody to get on board. In the video below, ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon and the CEOs of three ASTC-member organizations tell us why ISCSMD’s success is important for our field and... Read More

Science Centers for All

This year’s ASPAC (Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres) Conference was held last month in Beijing, China, with a theme of “Science Centres for All.” ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon (chief executive of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom) was an invited speaker at the conference. Read... Read More

ASTC Member Mid-America Science Museum Receives National Medal for Museum and Library Service

By Lesley Markham At a White House ceremony today, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Kathryn K. Matthew honored 10 outstanding U.S. museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. ASTC is delighted that Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas—an... Read More

Do smartphones and their cameras enhance or detract from the museum experience (or can they do both)?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the May/June 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. I will not tell people whether or not they will have a better experience with or without those kind of media or technologies. We put up our “Photography Encouraged” signs [in the exhibition... Read More

ASTC and UNAI Launch ISCSMD Contest

Within the framework of the International Science Center and Science Museum Day, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is collaborating with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to hold a contest open to college and university students from Africa. Entrants are invited to submit a... Read More

International Science Center and Science Museum Day 2016

On November 10, 2016, on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development and in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums, science centers, science museums, and their networks worldwide will organize the first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD).... Read More