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Dimensions, May/June 2016—The Power of Place

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2016 Inspired by the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, this issue of Dimensions focuses on an educational approach that many science centers and museums share with parks and heritage sites: place-based learning. A place-based approach draws upon an institution’s local context and historical, environmental, and cultural surroundings. Many science... Read More

Coming November 10: International Science Center and Science Museum Day

By Anthony (Bud) Rock Between 2016 and 2030, the world’s population is projected to grow from 7.4 billion to 8.4 billion, adding about 73 million people to the planet every year. Referring to this global trend, Wu Hongbo, United Nations (UN) undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs, noted that global sustainability goals will be influenced... Read More

Do smartphones and their cameras enhance or detract from the museum experience (or can they do both)?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the May/June 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. I will not tell people whether or not they will have a better experience with or without those kind of media or technologies. We put up our “Photography Encouraged” signs [in the exhibition... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2016—Looking Toward the Future of Energy

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2016 Communities and nations across the globe are faced with the challenge of meeting rising energy demands in environmentally and economically responsible ways. In this issue of Dimensions, science centers and related institutions share how they are increasing energy literacy through exhibitions, education programs, artworks, and more. These institutions are promoting... Read More

Investing in Renewable Energy: Aligning Actions with Mission and Values

By Richard V. Piacentini From Dimensions March/April 2016 In October 2015, the Board of Trustees of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, voted to move our investments in fossil fuels to investments in renewable energy. The initiative was first presented to our board’s executive committee in September and finance committee in October. While this appears... Read More

Going Green

This is a supplement to an article that appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. We asked science centers, museums, and aquariums to share how they are making their facilities and their practices more green and energy efficient, and how they have used these efforts to educate their visitors and communities about energy... Read More