Calling All Diversity Fellows!

If you are a current or past ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow, we want to hear your story. You are invited to be a part of ASTC’s Diversity Fellows Legacy Video. This video will be a lasting artifact to celebrate the legacy of this cornerstone program. Early submissions will be part of a short... Read More

Why we are participating in International Science Center and Science Museum Day

The first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) will take place on November 10. It’s quickly approaching, so it’s time for everybody to get on board. In the video below, ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon and the CEOs of three ASTC-member organizations tell us why ISCSMD’s success is important for our field and... Read More

Science Centers for All

This year’s ASPAC (Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres) Conference was held last month in Beijing, China, with a theme of “Science Centres for All.” ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon (chief executive of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom) was an invited speaker at the conference. Read... Read More

ASTC Member Mid-America Science Museum Receives National Medal for Museum and Library Service

By Lesley Markham At a White House ceremony today, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Kathryn K. Matthew honored 10 outstanding U.S. museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. ASTC is delighted that Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas—an... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2016—The Power of Place

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2016 Inspired by the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, this issue of Dimensions focuses on an educational approach that many science centers and museums share with parks and heritage sites: place-based learning. A place-based approach draws upon an institution’s local context and historical, environmental, and cultural surroundings. Many science... Read More

Coming November 10: International Science Center and Science Museum Day

By Anthony (Bud) Rock Between 2016 and 2030, the world’s population is projected to grow from 7.4 billion to 8.4 billion, adding about 73 million people to the planet every year. Referring to this global trend, Wu Hongbo, United Nations (UN) undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, noted that global sustainability goals will be influenced... Read More

Do smartphones and their cameras enhance or detract from the museum experience (or can they do both)?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the May/June 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. I will not tell people whether or not they will have a better experience with or without those kind of media or technologies. We put up our “Photography Encouraged” signs [in the exhibition... Read More