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Welcome New ASTC Members!

The following museums and organizations are now ASTC members: Marc Spiegel’s Einstein Alive! Einstein jumps out of the textbook with Marc Spiegel’s Einstein Alive!, a school assembly program that blends science with history and entertainment. Programs for elementary and middle school students cover everything from how things move to the theory for relativity in a... Read More

Positioning Science Centers and Museums as Regional STEM Conveners: Learning from Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development

Join ASTC and leaders at Carnegie Science Center (CSC) in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 21 and 22, 2015, for a 1-1/2-day workshop designed to share an innovative model of STEM education development with science center CEOs and senior staff. Expanding on the successful workshop ASTC and the Carnegie Science Center held in 2012, this event... Read More

Leadership During Times of Crisis

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. In times of crisis, leaders and their institutions often emerge stronger and with new insights about their values, priorities, community relationships, and human and other resources. We asked our science center and museum colleagues from around the... Read More

Ann S. Bowers on the Noyce Leadership Institute

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. From Apple and Intel to San Francisco’s Exploratorium and San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation, Ann S. Bowers has witnessed the importance of leadership in all facets of Silicon Valley. She pioneered human resources management in high-growth startups before turning... Read More

Do you think science centers and museums should use crowdfunding resources (like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo) to raise funds for exhibits and events?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the March/April 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine.   Denver Zoo recently completed its first crowdfunding initiative for a veterinary device for our giraffes. We feel crowdfunding was a useful tool to market this project and get more than 40 first-time... Read More

ASTC On Air withRane Johnson-Stempson

The first installment of ASTC On Air was streamed live online on Tuesday, March 10, with Rane Johnson-Stempson, principal research director at Microsoft. (Watch the recording and view the slide presentation below.) ASTC On Air is a new series in which we will interview fascinating individuals outside the museum field who are doing work that... Read More