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No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum

“Talk about money, and everybody shows up!” Ann Metzger remarked to a standing-room-only crowd at the Monday morning ASTC 2015 session “No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum.” Metzger, the Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, convened a group of chief executives to discuss the “nitty gritty” details... Read More

A Growing Network: Year 1 of the YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community

Written by Lesley Markam On Monday October 19, the YOUMedia Learning Labs team showcased their year-old YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community. The community has emerged from the successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and MacArthur Foundation-funded Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums project that developed learning labs for teens in 24 museums and... Read More

Mad Science Done Sanely

Christina Beargie, floor science manager at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, opened “Mad Science Done Sanely” with a question: “Who does demos where you blow stuff up?” About two thirds of the session’s attendees raised their hands. Beargie responded with a smile, “You are my people.” And she was right. This session around safety in science... Read More

2015 Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship Recipients

ASTC’s International Committee has selected four 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

A New Sustainability Fellowship for Science Center Staff

Written by Stacey Freeman Science centers and museums have the potential to help millions of visitors understand the social, environmental, and economic impacts of human behavior on creating a sustainable future. Through our Sustainability in Science Museums program, the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU) is working to bridge... Read More

Connected Science Learning: New journal to explore formal/informal science education connections

Connected Science Learning is a new online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. It features articles and other types of media describing highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration.... Read More