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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

Dimensions, March/April 2015—Leadership at Every Level

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2015 A consistent theme throughout our field is the importance of cultivating science center and museum leaders with the vision and commitment to serve diverse communities everywhere. So many of ASTC’s programs and services for our members reflect this topic, including, for example, the Association’s close collaboration with the Noyce Leadership... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2015—A Meeting of Minds: Neuroscience in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2015 Science centers strive to make science compelling and relevant to their visitors, and it’s hard to think of a subject more intriguing or personal than the human brain. The brain is a hot topic these days, with major projects like the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2014—Reconstructing STEM in our Schools

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2014 Countries worldwide recognize the need to cultivate a scientifically literate population and prepare a strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Many national and regional governments are therefore launching initiatives aimed at teaching STEM more effectively in schools. In this issue,... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2014—Celebrating Community Engagement

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2014 Download the full issue. Science centers and museums are community-focused institutions. In this issue, we explore many ways science centers are engaging and empowering people in all parts of their communities. Working alongside community members and partners, science centers are addressing key issues, from protecting the environment, to increasing high... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2014—Science Within Reach: Engaging the Public in Scientific Research

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2014 What happens when the public is given the opportunity to engage meaningfully in authentic scientific research? Participants may develop a sense of ownership and a deeper understanding of science, and scientists gain access to valuable resources and fresh perspectives. As sites for community engagement, education, and sometimes scientific research itself,... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2014—Cultivating the Future: Science Centers and Agriculture

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2014 Inspired by the International Year of Family Farming 2014, this issue of Dimensions examines how science centers and museums are addressing the diverse, complex, and sometimes controversial issues surrounding agriculture. We all depend on agriculture—whether we live in a rural or urban area, in a developed or developing country. Agriculture... Read More