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Dimensions, September/October 2002—Building Technology Literacy

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2002 Have science-technology centers been emphasizing one half of their mandate at the expense of the other? The 2002 publication of Technology Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, is challenging museums to measure their... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2002—The Meeting of Art & Science

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2002 Are art and science mutually incomprehensible, the “two-cultures” described by physicist C.P. Snow? Or are they mutually complementary, two ways of expressing what physicist David Bohm called “a certain oneness and totality, a wholeness”? In this issue, museum professionals discuss the roles that artists play in their institutions and explore... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2002—Strategies for Tough Times

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2002 Stagnant attendance, canceled field trips, staff layoffs, and budget cutbacks—recent reports from ASTC members have been sobering. Although these post-September 11th anxieties may be new for many science centers and museums, operational challenges are not. In this issue, we look at strategies that allow institutions to survive and thrive even... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2002—Hands-On Health: Science Centers and Public Health Education

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2002 Visitors come to science centers and museums trusting that the information they find will be accurate and unbiased. Nowhere is our obligation to earn that trust more important than in exhibits and programs related to human health and well-being. The health information we provide today—to individuals and to the public... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2002—A Common Vision: ASTC's Equity and Diversity Initiative

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2002 Change was coming to science centers before September 11th, 2001, but the events of that day make our response even more critical. The communities around us are evolving, and we must evolve, too, or risk losing our relevance. With this issue, ASTC launches its Equity and Diversity Initiative, a five-year... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2001—Where's the Science in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2001 How to put science in the hands of the people, when the scientific enterprise now operates on a scale both microscopic and vast? That’s a central question for science centers, one that gets harder to answer as museum leaders feel increasingly constrained by a complex, competitive environment. In this issue,... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2001—Volunteer Power!

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2001 As countries around the world observe the U.N.-sponsored “International Year of Volunteers 2001,” science centers and museums have good reason to celebrate. In this issue, we hear from volunteer program directors, museum staff, and volunteer themselves about the many ways that volunteering adds value to the museum experience. CONTENTS •... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2001—From Counting to Chaos: Mathematics in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2001 CONTENTS • Hands-On Mathematics: Taking the Next Step, by Andrea Anderson and Carolyn Sutterfield • Mathematics to Go: A Traveling Exhibition Sampler • Bringing Math to Life: Four Science Center Projects, by Kathleen Krafft, Charlie Trautmann, Christine Valiant, Anne Herndon, Tom Krakauer and Dean Briere • Go Figure! Evaluating a Math... Read More