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Dimensions, May/June 2008—From Intent to Impact: Building a Culture of Evaluation

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2008 Science centers regularly collect data about exhibits and programs, documenting how visitors respond to what the institution offers to public audiences. But once the report is filed, what happens to this knowledge? Is it used to inform daily practice, influence future planning, or demonstrate to a funding organization that the... Read More

Play’s the Thing at CASC Conference

From June 12 to 14, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) will hold its annual conference in London, Ontario, focusing on the theme Learn to Play! Play to Learn! More than 200 delegates hailing from Canada’s science centers and museums, as well as the government, media, and business community, are expected to attend. Sessions... Read More

Science centers host global experiment with albedo effect

From May 15-24, science centers from Peoria to Singapore will host students participating in the Albedo Experiment, a project developed by ASTC’s IGLO initiative in collaboration with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The polar ice caps help regulate Earth’s temperature by reflecting sun rays. To help students understand this phenomenon, science centers... Read More

Science Debate 2008

Science centers across the United States have joined scientists and other concerned citizens in calling for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology during this election year. Recognizing that science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of the policy issues facing our nation and the world, Science Debate 2008 organizers... Read More

The Franklin Institute Awards

On the evening of April 17, following a week of activities celebrating science and the spirit of discovery, nine individuals will be honored with Benjamin Franklin Medals and two will be presented with prestigious Bower Awards at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Franklin Institute Awards, often a precursor to the Nobel Prize, are... Read More