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Annual Conference

Meet the 2016 McGrath Fellows

ASTC’s Global Committee has chosen three recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers... Read More

Welcome to Tampa

Nearly 1,500 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Tampa, Florida, for the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). With over 100 sessions and workshops, a keynote presentation by award-winning narrative designer Alex McDowell, poster sessions, and more, ASTC 2016 promises to be... Read More

No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum

“Talk about money, and everybody shows up!” Ann Metzger remarked to a standing-room-only crowd at the Monday morning ASTC 2015 session “No Money, No Mission: Strategies for building a financially strong museum.” Metzger, the Henry Buhl, Jr., co-director of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, convened a group of chief executives to discuss the “nitty gritty” details... Read More

A Growing Network: Year 1 of the YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community

Written by Lesley Markam On Monday October 19, the YOUMedia Learning Labs team showcased their year-old YOUMedia Learning Labs Online Community. The community has emerged from the successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and MacArthur Foundation-funded Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums project that developed learning labs for teens in 24 museums and... Read More

Mad Science Done Sanely

Christina Beargie, floor science manager at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, opened “Mad Science Done Sanely” with a question: “Who does demos where you blow stuff up?” About two thirds of the session’s attendees raised their hands. Beargie responded with a smile, “You are my people.” And she was right. This session around safety in science... Read More