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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

When Schools Meet Museums: Finding a Third Way

By Bronwyn Bevan Let’s assume that you, the reader, already believe that informal science institutions (ISIs) can be powerful centers of science learning expertise, resources, and experience in their communities. You know that visitors to science museums, zoos, aquariums, and the like can see, touch, explore, and imagine aspects of the natural world that often... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2007—Performing Science: The Once and Future Science Show

March/April 2007 IN THIS ISSUE Historically, showmanship and science have been a popular combination in science centers. More than 91 percent of ASTC-member museums feature “classes and demonstrations” in their programming, and some of the larger museums also support a science theater program. But do these events make a lasting impression on visitors? Which techniques... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2007—Fifty Plus: Engaging Today’s Active Older Adults

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2007 Call it the Age Wave, the Silver Tsunami, the Longevity Revolution. It’s the demographic shift we’re seeing as the “baby boom” generation, people born between 1946 and 1964, turns 50, 60, and more. According to ASTC’s 2006 General Member Survey, 33 percent of ASTC museums already offer programs “targeting senior... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2006—Earth in Transition: Science Centers and Global Warming

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2006 The start of the International Polar Year (IPY) in March 2007 marked the start of a major new undertaking for the science center community. ASTC’s “International action for GLObal warming” initiative (IGLO), an officially endorsed component of the IPY, will bring museums worldwide into partnership not only with IPY education... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2006—Eyes on the Skies: Reconnecting Audiences with Astronomy

IN THIS ISSUE September/ October 2006 “Astronomical concepts and images have universal appeal, inspiring wonder and resonating uniquely with human questions about our nature and our place in the universe.” So wrote a distinguished panel of U.S. scientists in Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millenium (National Academies Press, 2001). One chapter in the repost... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2006—Blogs, Podcasts and Wikis: Tapping the New Social Technologies

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2006 More than a decade after the first museum web sites went online, a new revolution is sweeping the Internet. Driven by inexpensive and easy-to-use technologies, the phenomenon some call “Web 2.0” is allowing users of popular sites like Blogger, Flickr, and Wikipedia to participate actively in creating their own web... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2006—Blockbusters: Asset or Liability

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2006 What have science centers learned in the past decade about the effect of blockbusters, those wildly popular traveling exhibitions and large-format films that drive attendance and inspire media “buzz”? Do blockbusters help museums reach broader audiences, increase visibility in the community, grow membership? Is the boost in income and attendance... Read More