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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

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

Dimensions, March/April 2016—Looking Toward the Future of Energy

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2016 Communities and nations across the globe are faced with the challenge of meeting rising energy demands in environmentally and economically responsible ways. In this issue of Dimensions, science centers and related institutions share how they are increasing energy literacy through exhibitions, education programs, artworks, and more. These institutions are promoting... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2015—Getting the Word Out

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2015 Being a successful science center takes more than just a flair for creating great exhibits and programs—you also have to get people through your doors. Science center marketing professionals today face many challenges, from limited marketing budgets to increased competition for potential visitors’ time. It takes a solid understanding of... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2015—Addressing Global Issues

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2015 As this issue of Dimensions goes to press, world leaders are preparing to convene at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York City to formally adopt the post-2015 development agenda, committing to 17 ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals. So many of the critical issues facing our planet—from climate change... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2015—Collections: More than Just Objects

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2015 In recent years, the line between collections-based and hands-on museums has sometimes become blurred. Many collections-based museums are incorporating hands-on experiences to help visitors connect more deeply to collections, while many science centers are finding that combining real objects with interactive exhibits and programs can create more meaningful visitor experiences.... Read More