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ASTC 2007: From vision to reality!

More than 2,000 science center professionals from across the globe are gathering in Los Angeles, California, October 13-16 for the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference. ASTC 2007, “Lights, Camera, Action: From Vision to Reality,” is being hosted by the California Science Center. Highlights include over 150 conference sessions on topics like inquiry learning, working with youth,... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2007—The Engaged Scientist: Fostering Successful Museum-Researcher Collaborations

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2007 The IMLS-funded VolTS (Volunteers TryScience) project described in the September/October 2007 issue of ASTC Dimensions is a recent U.S. effort aimed at helping ASTC members forge better relationships with practicing scientists and engineers. But collaborations among content experts and museum educators are nothing new. Such partnerships date back to the... Read More

Content and Commitment: Insights from the VolTS Front-End Study

By Renee Miller From ASTC Dimensions, September/October 2007 In November and December 2005, Randi Korn & Associates Inc. (RK&A) conducted a front-end study for the Volunteers TryScience (VolTS) project (see sidebar at end). The evaluators conducted and analyzed 26 in-depth telephone interviews with members of three groups: scientists and engineers who volunteer in educational programs... Read More

Working with scientists and engineers

Ongoing engagements with research scientists, mathematicians, and engineers help assure that the content of science centers remains strong and current. Starting September 24, we’ll be hosting an ongoing series of discussions and problem-solving sessions within a new ASTC Connect forum to help support those working to foster and strengthen these relationships. The first, week-long discussion kicks off with a... Read More

Science at the nanoscale

How do science centers engage the public in science they can’t see? The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) will share their stories during the ASTC Annual Conference, October 13–16, Los Angeles. The challenges are tough, network members report. As one member reflects, “The scale is unfamiliar, the science is hairy, and many people... Read More