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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

In Other Words: Developing Bilingual Exhibitions

By Carlos Plaza From ASTC Dimensions July/August 2009 Over the course of 10 years, the exhibit team at the Miami Science Museum, Florida, has developed general guidelines and strategies for writing and designing bilingual exhibitions. These guidelines result from our experience producing Spanish-language interpretation for more than 40 bilingual exhibitions, and from much trial and... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2009—Rapid Response: Agility and Innovation in Challenging Times

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2009 In a rapidly changing world, science centers must be agile and ready to innovate even in the most challenging times. In fact, demanding circumstances can be the catalysts that inspire centers to serve their communities in new ways while preserving a consistent vision. In this issue, we look at instances... Read More

Creating Our Future

By John Swanson From ASTC Dimensions May/June 2009 The National Weather Service said, “We anticipate flood cresting at 24 1/2 feet.” That’s what was going through my head as I studied the flood wall, built for a 24-foot crest, and the Cedar River beyond. That flood wall stood just 50 feet from the back wall... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2009—Living Well: Science Centers and Public Health

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2009 The Toronto Declaration, adopted in June 2008 by the Fifth Science Centre World Congress, established public health as a priority for science centers, citing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for child and maternal health and disease prevention. In this issue, we explore the efforts of science centers worldwide to... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2009—Connecting with the Community: Science Centers and Their Core Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2009 Science centers serve a variety of core audiences, from visitors to volunteers to Internet users. But who are these audiences and what kinds of experiences are they looking for? A recent Reach Advisors–ASTC survey identified mothers of young children as one of the largest science center audiences, and men over... Read More

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

Cooking Up Science in Cambridge

By John Durant and P.A. d’Arbeloff From ASTC Dimensions November/December 2008 Recipe: Take one science city. Carefully extract the juiciest parts, making sure to retain all the most enthusiastic graduate students, and as many superstar researchers and Nobel Laureates as you can find. Mix thoroughly with generous quantities of actors, artists, broadcasters, critics, curators, entrepreneurs,... Read More