Help Us Make ASTC’s New Website Beautiful

August 12th, 2014 - Posted in ASTC News by Mary Mathias

ASTC will be launching a new website at the 2014 annual conference, and we’d like your help! We are interested in including photos throughout the site that show the wonderful range of experiences and programs ASTC members have to offer. A few things to note:

  • Photos should be at least 1,200 pixels on the smallest side.
  • Please do not send any photos of just the outside of your building. (It’s a great building, we’re sure, but we’re more interested in what people are doing in and around it.)
  • Offsite photos are great too! Wherever and whenever your institution conducts programming, we want to see it.
  • We’d like to show the diverse audiences that museums and science centers serve, so we welcome photos with visitors of all ages, not just children.
  • Please send your best photos. These images will be seen by the thousands of visitors to the ASTC site, and we want to show them the very best.

If you have photos that show your institution’s activities and audiences that ASTC could use on the new site, please send them to web@astc.org by Friday, August 29. If your photos are too large to email, or if you have any other questions, please let us know.

ASTC Member Profile: Durango Discovery Museum – Durango, Colorado

August 1st, 2014 - Posted in Member News by Mary Mathias

Mission: “To spark curiosity, ignite imagination, power exploration.”
 
 
The Durango Discovery Museum, or Powerhouse Science Center, opened in 2011. Located in the Durango Powerhouse building, one of the country’s first AC power plants, the Durango Discovery Museum grew out of the Children’s Museum of Durango, which purchased the Durango Powerhouse after outgrowing its original space. The museum is in the midst of a three-phase expansion and is currently fundraising for Phase III.

The Durango Discovery Museum has a wealth of programs and events that look at energy – fitting, given the museum’s location. These programs include:

  • Pub Science and Trivia Nights are adult-only evening events. Pub Science is a free, 21+, monthly lecture series paired with local craft beer.
  • Camp Discovery summer camps are week-long, themed youth summer camps, featuring topics like Cyclin’ Science, Mythbusters, and MacGyverology.
  • The Powerhouse Geek Squad travels to schools for educational assemblies.
  • The StudioLab: Art + Science Summer Collaborative invites an artist-scientist team in each summer to work on a project together at the museum.
  • Yes You Can is a three-day summer camp for elementary school teachers who want to improve their science teaching skills.

The museum also hosts afterschool programs and has a successful Science Career Ladder program, modeled after the program created by the New York Hall of Science.

The Durango Discovery Museum is open daily. Visit durangodiscovery.org for more information.

ASTC Member Profile: Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre – Port Louis, Mauritius

August 1st, 2014 - Posted in Member News by Mary Mathias

Mission: “To serve as a Centre for non-formal education and popularization of Science and Technology among the population through various media.”
 
 
The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) opened in December 2004. Working with the support of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, RGSC aims to create awareness of science and technology, encourage creativity and innovation, especially in children, and educate about and enhance public understanding of science and technology.

RGSC celebrates and champions science in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Science competitions like the Rodrigues Science Challenge and Science Adventure
  • Carvane de la Science, a science program that travels to schools, community centers, and other public spaces around Mauritius. Programs can include planetarium shows, interactive science demonstrations, film screenings, and more.
  • Science Fun Day, an event held in various public locations that includes demonstrations of science activities that can be done with readily available materials.
  • Science Park, an outdoor space with various science activities, such as swings to demonstrate pendulums, weights, pulleys, and inclined planes, and planet models.

The Centre also hosts Sky Observation nights, science film screenings, workshops, and lectures.

The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit rgsc.gov.mu/.

Lights On Afterschool Partnership Minigrant

July 29th, 2014 - Posted in ASTC News, Partners by Mary Mathias

ASTC and the Afterschool Alliance are pleased to announce the Lights On Afterschool Partnership Minigrant. This Noyce Foundation-funded program stems from the partnership formed between ASTC and the Afterschool Alliance as our Commitment to Action for the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual drive to find innovative solutions to promote economic recovery in the United States, including objectives in education and skill development. This minigrant program is designed to strengthen STEM learning partnerships between ASTC-member science centers in the United States and afterschool providers.

The 15th annual Lights On Afterschool celebration will be on October 23, 2014, with events taking place throughout October. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Science centers are ideally placed to hold events as a part of Lights On Afterschool, and these grants will be used to support such events.

Eligibility requirements for the minigrant include:

  • Current membership in ASTC.
  • Science centers and museums must be based in the United States.
  • The identified afterschool partner must be a part of a larger afterschool program with multiple sites or be the statewide afterschool network.
  • Both partners should share an interest in developing or increasing their capacity for STEM programming for youth in out-of-school time programs.
  • Submission of a complete application that includes some basic demographic data about each partner organization, a narrative description of the proposed activity, an event date, and details about how the event will be promoted in the community.

View the recording of the informational webinar here to learn more about Lights On Afterschool and this minigrant opportunity.

For more information about the Lights On Afterschool Partnership Minigrants, check out the Request for Applications and the FAQ. The application deadline is 11:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 22, 2014. Minigrant recipients will be announced in September 2014.

ASTC Announces 2014 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

July 2nd, 2014 - Posted in Professional Development by Mary Mathias

ASTC is pleased to announce the 2014 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups, and will attend the 2014 ASTC Annual Conference to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the opportunity to acquire and hone their leadership skills. Ten new and five alumni fellows were selected. They are:

New Fellows

  • Sherrie Belton – EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia, SC
  • Meghan Durieux – TELUS Spark, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Eric Godoy – Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
  • Nicole Kawamoto – Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Christina Martinez – Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Akiko Minaga – Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
  • Chris Navarro – San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio, TX
  • Adam Patterson – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
  • Brisa Rivas – California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lene Rosenmeier – Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada

Alumni Fellows

  • Juanita Juarez – California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kristofer Kelly-Frere – TELUS Spark, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Brittani Lane – EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia, SC
  • Stacey Lee – Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY
  • Amanda Paige – University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor, MI

For more information about the ASTC Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows Program, please visit www.astc.org/about/awards/conference_fellow.htm.

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