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Matt Lorentzen on Turning a Science Center’s Finances Around

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. Founded in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is an “important institution” in Palm Beach County, according to board chair Matt Lorentzen. Unfortunately, its finances didn’t always match its reputation. Before Lorentzen came aboard in 2008, the center... Read More

Introducing the New Online Journal Connected Science Learning

By Anthony (Bud) Rock I am delighted to report that ASTC has joined with the National Science Teachers Association to launch a new, free online journal, Connected Science Learning. This new journal will help bridge in-school and out-of-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by showcasing highly effective programs, practices, collaborations, and research taking... Read More

A Science Center and a Community: Cultivating Hope and Resilience in Medellin

By Claudia Aguirre From Dimensions January/February 2016 Today’s science centers are becoming more aware of changes in their local contexts and are concerned about playing a role in building and contributing to society. The Mechelen Declaration, resulting from the Science Centre World Summit 2014 held in Mechelen, Belgium, clearly expresses this commitment with two of... Read More

Has your institution used any creative or “outside-the-box” methods to attract visitors?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the January/February 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine. In November 2015, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History teamed up with the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a very successful “outside-the-box” program that was actually an “inside-the-box” experience! In conjunction... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2015—Getting the Word Out

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2015 Being a successful science center takes more than just a flair for creating great exhibits and programs—you also have to get people through your doors. Science center marketing professionals today face many challenges, from limited marketing budgets to increased competition for potential visitors’ time. It takes a solid understanding of... Read More