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Citizen Science Boot Camp

Even before the official start of ASTC 2014, attendees were outside having fun and doing science in Citizen Science Boot Camp. The Friday morning workshop was designed to give participants tools they can use to build their own visitor-centered citizen science programs. Participants split into groups to “bioblitz” two downtown Raleigh parks, collecting data using... Read More

Welcome to Raleigh!

More than 1,500 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina for the start of the 2014 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With over 110 sessions and workshops; and keynote presentations featuring Dr. Hayat Sindi, UN Science Ambassador and UNESCO Goodwill... Read More

Join the 3D Systems MakerLab Club

3D Systems, in collaboration with ASTC, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning, and 3D printing. The MakerLab Club is a community of U.S. science centers, museums, and libraries working to bring 3D printing and 21st century tools and programs to the public, through dedicated equipment,... Read More

Upcoming Webinar: Sharing Resources for Engaging Diverse Audiences

What resources exist to help you reach traditionally underserved and underrepresented audiences? Join us Thursday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn about a variety of resources developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) that can be applied far beyond the topic of nano. Presentations will focus on guidelines for universal... Read More

Lights On Afterschool Partnership Minigrant Recipients

ASTC and the Afterschool Alliance have, through funding from the Noyce Foundation, awarded 20 Lights On Afterschool Partnership Minigrants. Minigrants were awarded to ASTC-member institutions to aid in the implementation of an event for the Lights On Afterschool celebration in cooperation with an afterschool partner. This program stems from the partnership formed between ASTC and... Read More

Celebrating Community Engagement

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2014 Science centers and museums are community-focused institutions. In this issue, we explore many ways science centers are engaging and empowering people in all parts of their communities. Working alongside community members and partners, science centers are addressing key issues, from protecting the environment, to increasing high school graduation rates, to... Read More