Annual Conference

Smiling anew

One year ago, at the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, attendees had the opportunity to experience the beta version of, an online collection of hands-on science and math activities developed by educators. Now, after incorporating user feedback from the ASTC 2009 session, the team will unveil the final web site... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Nearly 50 science center and museum professionals, climate scientists, and educators spent Friday, October 1, on the grounds of the Bishop Museum, exploring new and exciting strategies, techniques, and tools for communicating climate change as part of the “Showcasing Innovation in Climate Change Programming: Spherical Display Systems and the C3 Project” workshop. Participants heard from NOAA... Read More

Aloha, ASTC 2010!

Attendees are arriving in Honolulu, and the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference will soon be underway. The theme of ASTC 2010, Ho‘okele–To Navigate: Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons, encourages science center professionals to look to new horizons through the wayfinding vision of the ASTC strategy adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2008: “Proactively address... Read More

What's new at ASTC 2010?

Each year, the ASTC Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall provide science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field’s leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities. This year’s conference will offer... Read More

ASTC Connect Forum: Beyond painting science pink

How can museums create science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs that present solid science content in ways that engage girls’ interests and learning styles? In “Beyond Painting Science Pink: Creating Programs that Engage Girls in STEM,” an October 31 session at the ASTC Annual Conference, Christina Soontornvat of the Austin Children’s Museum, Texas, led a panel discussion on integrating... Read More

Passing of the baton

After four days of sessions, keynotes, demonstrations, and museum visits, the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference closed with the “passing of the baton” from retiring executive director Bonnie VanDorn to new CEO Bud Rock. Rock comes to ASTC from Arizona State University, where he served as vice president for global engagement. Prior to that, he had a... Read More