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A New Sustainability Fellowship for Science Center Staff

Written by Stacey Freeman Science centers and museums have the potential to help millions of visitors understand the social, environmental, and economic impacts of human behavior on creating a sustainable future. Through our Sustainability in Science Museums program, the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU) is working to bridge... Read More

Connected Science Learning: New journal to explore formal/informal science education connections

Connected Science Learning is a new online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. It features articles and other types of media describing highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration.... Read More

Emerging Science Centers in Africa: Learning as a field, four years after Cape Town

In the extended Sunday morning session “Emerging Science Centers in Africa: Learning as a field, four years after Cape Town,” Ronen Mir of Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, led an international panel that explored the future of science centers in Africa and how the field has expanded in recent years. In 2011,... Read More

Live Demo Hour

The Live Demo Hour, an ASTC Conference perennial favorite, wowed and entertained the crowd again this year with demonstrations of a range of scientific principles (and a little liquid nitrogen and a LOT of ping pong balls). Check out the photos, or view the video clips below. Thank you to all the presenters! Eddie Goldstein,... Read More

Future Cities: How might science museums/centers contribute to making cities more livable for more people?

“We now live in an age of cities. Cities are the engines of global innovation and the drivers of global change. A sustainable planet is not possible without sustainable cities, and this will require enormous innovation and creativity,” remarked Patrick Hamilton, the Science Museum of Minnesota’s director of global change initiatives, at the ASTC 2015... Read More

Creating the Lifelong Learning Destination: Adult learners in ISE settings

Preeti Gupta, director of youth learning and research at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York City, moderated the very informative session “Creating the Lifelong Learning Destination: Adult learners in ISE settings” on Saturday afternoon. She started the session by posing the deceptively simple question, “Why do adult learning?” A 2009 study found... Read More

Providing Low Cost Access to Our Centers: Truly serving the underserved in our communities

Generosity doesn’t always require money. Science centers and museums are generous every day with ideas, facilities, knowledge, and gathering the community. Can this definition of generosity be what our institutions aspire to? This was the question posed by Catherine Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Alex Zwissler, former executive... Read More

How Can Science Museums Adapt to Fundamental Challenges Raised by the Science of Science Communication?

Recent research on science communication challenges our assumptions that understandable communication of science will bring the public to the best decisions about crucial issues for the future. What does the research say? How does this challenge our beliefs about informal science education? A Saturday morning ASTC 2015 session led by Larry Bell from the Museum... Read More