Congratulations to the 2016 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is excited to welcome its 2016 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows—including nine New Fellows and four Alumni Fellows—to the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2016 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their... Read More

Meet the 2016 McGrath Fellows

ASTC’s Global Committee has chosen three recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers... Read More

Welcome to Tampa

Nearly 1,500 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Tampa, Florida, for the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). With over 100 sessions and workshops, a keynote presentation by award-winning narrative designer Alex McDowell, poster sessions, and more, ASTC 2016 promises to be... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2016—School’s Out, STEM’s In

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2016 Out-of-school time programs—which serve children before or after school, on weekends, or during school vacations—provide excellent opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage deeply in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. ASTC is working with the Afterschool Alliance to facilitate partnerships between science centers and out-of-school time providers... Read More

What’s in a Name?

By Anthony (Bud) Rock We have a love/hate relationship with labels and definitions. They can promote and glorify, or they can constrain or even misrepresent. They can be irrelevant, or they can be essential. ASTC is a robust collection of centers, museums, institutes, academies, places, and “ariums” of all sorts. Much has already been written... Read More