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Reconstructing STEM in our Schools

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2014 Countries worldwide recognize the need to cultivate a scientifically literate population and prepare a strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Many national and regional governments are therefore launching initiatives aimed at teaching STEM more effectively in schools. In this issue,... Read More

How Can Museums Help Teachers with the Next Generation Science Standards?

By Jim Short From Dimensions November/December 2014 Released in 2013, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have the potential to revolutionize science education in the United States, requiring a very different way of thinking about learning and teaching science. Now is an opportune moment to prepare teachers for these new approaches to science instruction and... Read More

Smithsonian Institution Seeking Director of SITES

The Smithsonian Institution is seeking an individual to lead its major outreach program – the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Founded in 1952, SITES has long established itself as one of the largest, most trusted traveling exhibition services in the world, and serves as the Institution’s main exhibits ambassador beyond Washington, D.C. SITES shares... Read More

Best Practices for Social Media

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 73% of online U.S. adults now use some kind of social media, and 42% use multiple social networking sites. So how can science centers and museums best harness social media to engage audiences and advance their institutional goals? On Sunday afternoon, Lauren Frieband of... Read More

Where is the Science in a Maker Space?

The debate over the value of maker spaces continued on Monday afternoon with “Where is the Science in a Maker Space?” led by Hooley McLaughlin from the Ontario Science Centre. Building off of a similarly divisive session from ASTC 2013, presenters Lisa Brahms from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Karen Wilkinson from the Exploratorium,... Read More