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Climate conversations coming up

ASTC and its member museums will open their doors October 4 for a National Conversation on Climate Action, organized in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and ICLEI-US (Local Governments for Sustainability). The objective of the National Conversation is to highlight and catalyze local efforts through a national event that builds... Read More

ASTC 2007: Lights, camera, action!

The California Science Center, Los Angeles, will host the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference, October 13-16. With the recent completion of its new Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation, the center is poised to share the story of how its vision is becoming reality—and to inspire colleagues from around the world. The Big Lab,... Read More

Science meets art in LA

ASTC Annual Conference-goers will have a chance to get an inside view of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) during a preconference tour, Friday, October 12. GCI is part of the 110-acre, hilltop Getty Center campus in western Los Angeles that also houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Leadership Institute,... Read More

Personalizing the science center experience

Discussion starts Monday, July 23, in ASTC Connect’s New Science Center Models Forum about how science centers can respond to new possibilities for customizing user experiences. As moderator Beverly Sheppard notes, many science centers are moving from an “attraction model” to an “engagement model.” Participants will share experiences and reflections about personal customization and user-generated content. Beverly Sheppard is president... Read More

When Schools Meet Museums: Finding a Third Way

By Bronwyn Bevan Let’s assume that you, the reader, already believe that informal science institutions (ISIs) can be powerful centers of science learning expertise, resources, and experience in their communities. You know that visitors to science museums, zoos, aquariums, and the like can see, touch, explore, and imagine aspects of the natural world that often... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2007—Performing Science: The Once and Future Science Show

March/April 2007 IN THIS ISSUE Historically, showmanship and science have been a popular combination in science centers. More than 91 percent of ASTC-member museums feature “classes and demonstrations” in their programming, and some of the larger museums also support a science theater program. But do these events make a lasting impression on visitors? Which techniques... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2007—Fifty Plus: Engaging Today’s Active Older Adults

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2007 Call it the Age Wave, the Silver Tsunami, the Longevity Revolution. It’s the demographic shift we’re seeing as the “baby boom” generation, people born between 1946 and 1964, turns 50, 60, and more. According to ASTC’s 2006 General Member Survey, 33 percent of ASTC museums already offer programs “targeting senior... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2006—Earth in Transition: Science Centers and Global Warming

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2006 The start of the International Polar Year (IPY) in March 2007 marked the start of a major new undertaking for the science center community. ASTC’s “International action for GLObal warming” initiative (IGLO), an officially endorsed component of the IPY, will bring museums worldwide into partnership not only with IPY education... Read More