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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

Dimensions, July/August 2012—On the Horizon: Current and Future Trends in the Science Center Field

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2012 As a key part of our commitment to our members, ASTC is dedicated to providing vision and direction by anticipating trends and helping our member institutions to prepare for new opportunities and challenges. In this issue, we look at a selection of current and future trends that shape and influence... Read More

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