Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes

Written by Lesley Markham Three interesting and different perspectives were offered on the role of the modern planetarium during the session, “Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes” on Saturday, October 17. Should they primarily provide astronomy shows, or should we embrace the wider use of digital materials, allowing broader content? Mike Shanahan from... Read More

Leading From Every Level

Written by Lesley Markham Members of ASTC’s Leadership and Field Development (LFD) Committee hosted a panel to help the 60+ participants think about their careers and the careers of those for whom they have responsibility in their institutions. The panelists shared their own career paths and demonstrated with great humor how they each got to... Read More

NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM Poster Session

Written by Sean Smith The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a regular ASTC Annual Conference participant on a variety of levels – offered a look at “NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM” during an Exhibit Hall poster session this morning. Presenters included Mary Frances Sladek, director, STEM education and accountability... Read More

Lesley Lewis Receives the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution

Written by Sean Smith During the opening session of the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, the Association presented the ASTC Fellow Award for Outstanding Contribution, the Association’s highest honor, to Lesley Lewis, former CEO of the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, former ASTC board chair, and current museum consultant. ASTC Fellows are individuals who merit special... Read More

Welcome to Montreal!

Over 1,600 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Montréal Science Centre. With over 100 sessions and workshops, a keynote presentation featuring a discussion on science communication with Annick Desjardin, associate professor of neurology at Duke University Medical... Read More

ASTC On Air withRosan Bosch

Another edition of ASTC On Air was streamed live on Sunday, October 18. This time, we spoke with world renowned designer Rosan Bosch. (See recording below.) ASTC On Air is a series in which we interview fascinating individuals outside the museum field who are doing work that is relevant and interesting to informal science and... Read More

ASTC Announces Partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture

On October 1, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs. The MOU was signed by Vilsack and... Read More