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2016

Dimensions, July/August 2016—School’s Out, STEM’s In

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2016 Out-of-school time programs—which serve children before or after school, on weekends, or during school vacations—provide excellent opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage deeply in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. ASTC is working with the Afterschool Alliance to facilitate partnerships between science centers and out-of-school time providers... Read More

What’s in a Name?

By Anthony (Bud) Rock We have a love/hate relationship with labels and definitions. They can promote and glorify, or they can constrain or even misrepresent. They can be irrelevant, or they can be essential. ASTC is a robust collection of centers, museums, institutes, academies, places, and “ariums” of all sorts. Much has already been written... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2016—The Power of Place

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2016 Inspired by the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, this issue of Dimensions focuses on an educational approach that many science centers and museums share with parks and heritage sites: place-based learning. A place-based approach draws upon an institution’s local context and historical, environmental, and cultural surroundings. Many science... Read More

Coming November 10: International Science Center and Science Museum Day

By Anthony (Bud) Rock Between 2016 and 2030, the world’s population is projected to grow from 7.4 billion to 8.4 billion, adding about 73 million people to the planet every year. Referring to this global trend, Wu Hongbo, United Nations (UN) undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, noted that global sustainability goals will be influenced... Read More

Do smartphones and their cameras enhance or detract from the museum experience (or can they do both)?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the May/June 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. I will not tell people whether or not they will have a better experience with or without those kind of media or technologies. We put up our “Photography Encouraged” signs [in the exhibition... Read More