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Dimensions, November/December 2008—Science Celebrations

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2008 In 2009, science centers and museums will celebrate the Year of Science, Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and the International Year of Astronomy. Every year, many institutions plan programs around global initiatives like Earth Science Week and international holidays like World Environment Day. New celebrations such as NanoDays and the Cambridge... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2008—’A Powerful Force for Good’: Science Centers and Social Issues

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2008 In April, ASTC committed to a new strategic direction, recognizing the responsibility of science centers to address critical societal issues locally and globally. The Toronto Declaration, presented at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress in June, underscored ASTC’s new focus, proclaiming that science centers can be “a powerful force for... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2008—The Frugal Science Center: Doing More with Less

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2008 In today’s economy, science centers faced with shrinking resources are challenged to find innovative ways of doing more with less. How can science centers save money without sacrificing content or mission? In this issue, directors, chief executive officers, directors of operations, and other staff share their successes with strategies such... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2008—From Intent to Impact: Building a Culture of Evaluation

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2008 Science centers regularly collect data about exhibits and programs, documenting how visitors respond to what the institution offers to public audiences. But once the report is filed, what happens to this knowledge? Is it used to inform daily practice, influence future planning, or demonstrate to a funding organization that the... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2008—Small Matters: Communicating Science at the Nanoscale

IN THIS ISSUE January/Febuary 2008 Much of this issue is devoted to the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), a National Science Foundation-funded initiative intended to foster an informed U.S. citizenry and a competitive workforce in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Articles from the Museum of Science, Boston (lead institution), Science Museum of Minnesota,... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2007—Immersed in Science: Learning in Today’s Digital Environments

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2007 In July/August 2006, ASTC Dimensions examined new social technologies—blogs, podcasts, wikis, RSS feeds, and other “Web 2.0” communication tools that allow Internet users to personalize their online experiences. That was then; this is now. Moving past MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, the buzz today is about immersive digital experiences, mixed realities,... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2007—The Engaged Scientist: Fostering Successful Museum-Researcher Collaborations

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2007 The IMLS-funded VolTS (Volunteers TryScience) project described in the September/October 2007 issue of ASTC Dimensions is a recent U.S. effort aimed at helping ASTC members forge better relationships with practicing scientists and engineers. But collaborations among content experts and museum educators are nothing new. Such partnerships date back to the... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2007—Sound Around Us: The Audio Experience in Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2007 Researchers who study the human brain and nervous system continue to find connections between environmental sound (both ambient and organized) and behavioral and emotional response. Anthropologists and neuroscientists alike tell us that music has been and remains critical to the development and survival of our species. It seems that people... Read More