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Annual Conference

Humphrey becomes ASTC Board Chair

During ASTC’s Annual Business Meeting on October 21, 2013, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ASTC President R. Bryce Seidl, president and CEO, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA, passed the gavel to a new Board Chair—Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix. Humphrey, who most recently served as ASTC’s secretary/treasurer, joined ASTC’s Board of Directors... Read More

Engaging the Whole Community

On Monday, October 21, at ASTC 2013, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Garibay Group led a session entitled, “Promising Practices for Community Partnerships: A Call to Support More Inclusive Approaches to Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Session leader Jennifer Shirk of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology framed the discussion by explaining that at... Read More

The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space for the Next Generation

Space exploration is changing. The shuttle program has ended, commercial companies are rapidly advancing in space flight, and rovers are some of the most recognizable “faces” for the younger generations. How do science centers present constantly evolving space science in new and interesting ways for their visitors? In Monday’s session The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space... Read More

Big Ideas for Small Science Centers

On Saturday afternoon, a large crowd gathered to discuss Big Ideas for Small Science Centers. The session was led by Michele Laverty of the National Ag Science Center, with presenters Kathy Dawes of the Palouse Discovery Science Center, Lori Ann Teriesen of Children’s Science Center, Kathleen Krafft from Sciencenter, and Christopher Cable from the Durango... Read More

Existing in Two Worlds Pecha Kucha

A packed room was engaged in Sunday afternoon’s presentation on the convergence of the virtual and physical worlds in science centers. Using the PechaKucha format (Japanese for “chit-chat”), seven presenters each presented 20 slides and spoke for 20 seconds on each, highlighting existing, new, and conceptual products that bridge the gap between technology and the... Read More