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President’s Budget Threatens Support for Education and Public Engagement in Science

The President’s recently released preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 includes elements that are deeply troubling to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and its member institutions—science centers and science museums. The budget blueprint proposes complete elimination of some agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the... Read More

“I’m In!” International Science Center and Science Museum Day Launched

ASTC Global Committee Co-chairs Chevy Humphrey of Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, and Silvia Singer of MIDE, Museo Interactivo de Economía, Mexico, D.F., Mexico, rallied ASTC 2016 attendees to declare, “I’m In!” at the official launch of International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) this morning at ASTC 2016 in Tampa, Florida. ISCSMD will take... Read More

Congratulations to the 2016 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is excited to welcome its 2016 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows—including nine New Fellows and four Alumni Fellows—to the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2016 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their... Read More

Meet the 2016 McGrath Fellows

ASTC’s Global Committee has chosen three recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers... Read More

Calling All Diversity Fellows!

If you are a current or past ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow, we want to hear your story. You are invited to be a part of ASTC’s Diversity Fellows Legacy Video. This video will be a lasting artifact to celebrate the legacy of this cornerstone program. Early submissions will be part of a short... Read More

Science Centers for All

This year’s ASPAC (Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres) Conference was held last month in Beijing, China, with a theme of “Science Centres for All.” ASTC Board Chair Linda Conlon (chief executive of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom) was an invited speaker at the conference. Read... Read More

Making Teacher Professional Development More Effective: Energize Your Practices workshop series

As providers of teacher professional development (PD), we know that informal science education (ISE) centers provide an ideal setting for learning by capitalizing on creative and interactive approaches that easily inspire teachers. As ISE professionals, we know that this work is demanding and that it can be a challenge to share effective practices about how... Read More