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Dimensions, January/February 2005—The Campus Connection: Linking Museums with Higher Education

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2005 Almost every science center has some kind of campus connection, whether it’s a formal affiliation (26 ASTC-member museums are run by colleges or universities), partnership in a grant-funded project, or an informal meeting of minds on the departmental level. Researchers find science centers a good match as community partners and... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2004—Farther Afield: The Changing School Visit

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2004 Field trips, excursions, school visits—call them what you will, on-site programs for teachers and students remain a key element of science center operations. But a recent change in education policy in the United States, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, has put these “bread-and-butter” programs in question. Under... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2004—Science for Early Learners: Reaching Very Young Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2004 Last year at this time, we wrote about an audience seldom found in science centers—older adults—and described how museums are reaching out to these lifelong learners. In this issue, we turn our attention to what has been called the “hidden audience” of science centers—very young children—whose needs are sometimes overlooked... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2004—Visitor-Centered Spaces: How Physical Context Affects Experience

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2004 That physical surroundings have a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being is not a new insight. Nor is it innovative to apply that insight to the organization of museum spaces. In his 1987 Museum Visitor Evaluation: New Tool for Management, Ross J. Loomis counseled managers to pay close... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2004—Science Centers as Schools: Extending the Mission

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2004 This journal often looks at ways that science centers serve schools or foster relationships between museum educators and classroom teachers. But some ASTC members take it a step further. They bring school into the museum, setting up classrooms, opening their collections, collaborating in curriculum design—turning curiosity and exploration into a... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2003—Environmental Awareness: What Can Science Centers Do?

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2003 In a 2004 report, Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century, the National Science Foundation identifies understanding of the relationships among people, ecosystems, and the biosphere as key to meeting environmental challenges. We cannot begin to solve problems like climate change, degradation of freshwater... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2003—Lifelong Learners: Reaching Adult Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2003 Are science centers just for kids? If that’s the perception our visitors have, we may be missing out on an important audience: adult learners. With populations in many countries aging as well as diversifying, and with funders increasingly emphasizing “lifelong learning” in their grant criteria, the opportunity is obvious. In... Read More