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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

Dimensions, September/October 2010—Global Issues, Local Efforts

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2010 As respected members of their communities, science centers are well equipped to tackle science-based global issues in ways that are locally relevant. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) outline some of the most critical issues facing the world today, many of them with a basis in science: eradicating extreme... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2010—Variations on a Theme: Science Centers Address Biodiversity

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2010 The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Defined as the variety of life on Earth, biodiversity refers not only to the world’s diverse array of species, from animals to plants to micro-organisms, but also to the genetic variation within species, and the ecosystems where... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2010—Young Minds: Reaching Youth Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2010 According to Positive Youth Development theory, youth programs should promote positive relationships, provide safe environments, build confidence and competence through meaningful work, foster leadership opportunities, and recognize youth for their assets. Science centers incorporate all of these elements into their youth programs, while introducing youth to science careers, developing their... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2010—Making a Difference: The Public Value of Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2010 Those of us working in the field believe that science centers make important contributions to individuals, communities, and nations. But how can we document and demonstrate that science centers are making a difference? This issue presents a “public value” framework and describes evidence to help centers make the case for... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2009—Taking a Stand: Science Centers and Issues Advocacy

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2009 Climate change, genetic modification of foods, stem cell research, nanotechnology, ocean resource management, alternative energy production—these are just a few of the fields of current scientific and technical endeavor that directly impact human lives. In all of them, choices made by scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and government officials both spark public... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2009—In Any Language: Serving Multilingual Communities

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2009 As science centers and museums welcome increasingly diverse audiences, many of them are working to accommodate the linguistic needs of their visitors and to foster a sense of ownership and belonging. Immigrants, indigenous populations, and visitors who are Deaf bring a variety of languages with them to science centers around... Read More