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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

Dimensions, November/December 2013—Enlightening Our Practice: Advancing the Field Through Research

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2013 While Dimensions has published new studies and research-based articles in the past, this is the first time an issue has focused entirely on research related to the science center and museum field. Research is critical to science center and museum professionals—it expands our perspectives and understanding, grounds our work in... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2013—Shaping Perceptions of Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2013 When people look at science centers, what do they see? How can science centers shape those perceptions in a positive direction? In this issue of Dimensions, we examine how important audiences and stakeholders—including government officials, people from minority backgrounds, teachers, donors, and general adult audiences—perceive science centers. In addition, this... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2013—Developing the Science Center Workforce

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2013 This issue of Dimensions looks at the science center and museum workforce and professional development through a broad lens. What are effective ways to hone the skills and expertise of individual staff members, build capacity and cohesion across an institution, and professionalize our broader field? How we can we recruit... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2013—Personalizing the Visitor Experience

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2013 Free-choice learning is the hallmark of science centers and interactive museums. But many institutions are taking this idea a step further by exploring strategies for personalizing the visitor experience—before, during, or after the visit. Some approaches are high tech, like compiling a visitor’s on-site experiences onto a personalized webpage. Others... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2013—Exploring New Worlds: Digital Media, Gaming, and Learning

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2013 Digital media is increasingly present in our daily lives, as well as on the floor of the science center. In this issue, we look at how informal educators and designers are using digital media and gaming to create compelling, interactive learning experiences. Whether by tackling science-based challenges on a mobile... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2012—Sparking Innovations, Showcasing Innovators

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2012 Rapid innovations are continually impacting society and our daily lives. Science centers have an important role to play as a link between innovators and the public, a guide that helps communities navigate a constantly changing world, and a safe place for visitors to unleash their own creativity and imagination. In... Read More