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Dimensions, May/June 2012—On Screen, On Air, Online: Science Centers and Media

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2012 The field of media is rapidly changing along with new technologies and ever-evolving audience expectations. Many science centers and museums are at the forefront of these changes, whether they are partnering with local public broadcasting stations or producing their own media offerings in house. In this issue, we examine how... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2012—Science Center Exhibitions: Views from the Field

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2012 Exhibitions are perhaps the most quintessential and exciting element of science centers’ work. In this issue of Dimensions, we examine the exhibition philosophies of various institutions, as well as the design principles that lead to great exhibition experiences. In addition, we explore the advantages of tinkering and prototyping in house,... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2011—Working Across Worldviews: Traditional Knowledge and Western Science

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2011 At the 6th Science Centre World Congress in September, science center and museum leaders from 56 countries resolved through the Cape Town Declaration to promote awareness of the value of Indigenous knowledge. In this issue, we examine how science centers and traditional and Indigenous communities are exploring commonalities and differences... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2011—Forging the Connection to Local Leaders and Communities

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2011 How can science centers and museums become valued by their local leaders and citizens as essential elements of vibrant, livable, growth-oriented communities? Science centers are taking a central role in helping their local communities address key challenges and priorities—from environmental sustainability and support for underserved populations to economic development and... Read More

Dimensions, July/Augustl 2011—Money Matters: Science Centers Thriving in Tough Times

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2011 Faced with the challenges resulting from the worldwide economic crisis, science centers and museums must work diligently and creatively to maintain financial viability. Many science centers are diversifying their income sources, both by adhering to time-tested best practices of fundraising and by pursuing new methods and opportunities. Especially in these... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2011—A Class Act: Science Centers and Teachers

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2011 Many science centers are deeply involved in providing professional development and support to teachers; in fact, 84 percent of ASTC’s science center and museum members offer teacher workshops or institutes. With their emphasis on active, inquiry-based learning and real-life experiences, science centers can help teachers deepen their own understandings of... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2011—Building Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2011 Nations around the world recognize that to be competitive in the global economy and to address a variety of societal issues, they must cultivate a strong and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. In September 2010, the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology proposed a... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2011—Opening Doors and Extending Our Reach

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2011 Science centers and museums are increasingly making the commitment to bring science to all people. Yet there are many reasons why some members of our communities do not typically visit us. In this issue, we look at the many creative ways science centers are overcoming barriers—including cost, location, lack of... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2010—Face to Face: Connecting Scientists with the Public

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2010 With their firm grounding in science and expertise in public engagement, science centers and museums are in a unique position to help scientists communicate effectively with the public. In this issue, we share stories of how science centers are bringing scientists and the public together to facilitate dialogue and enhance... Read More