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Polar scientists hit the road

POLAR-PALOOZA: Stories from a Changing Planet made a preview appearance October 13 during the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference in Los Angeles. This multimedia presentation by people who know the poles best—ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists, and Arctic residents—will be traveling to 25 science centers and natural history museums across the United States during International... Read More

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