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Global sustainability: Where do science centers fit in?

How can science centers better catalyze public understanding and local action on climate change? At a plenary session October 19, ASTC conference participants joined in an animated, action-oriented discussion moderated by Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio. Providing background for the discussion were Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change... Read More

Communicating climate change

ASTC has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year collaborative project entitled Communicating Climate Change. The grant, awarded by NSF’s Informal Science Education Program, will enable ASTC to advance the informal learning sector’s contribution to public engagement with climate science and the implications of global warming. Partners include the... Read More

Noyce Leadership Institute launched

The Noyce Leadership Institute’s first cohort of Fellows—17 chief executives from science centers worldwide—recently gathered in Seattle for a week-long session beginning the nine-month program of face-to-face sessions, coaching, video conferencing, and peer learning. The Institute was founded in partnership with ASTC to immerse both existing and aspiring executives in cutting-edge knowledge and tools, promising... Read More

Science Centers Smile for NASA Satellites

Since May 15, science centers all over the world have been participating in the Albedo Experiment, a project created by ASTC’s global warming initiative, IGLO, and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Working with students of all ages, science centers have been creating giant white spots, or mock “ice caps,” out of used... Read More

Science centers host global experiment with albedo effect

From May 15-24, science centers from Peoria to Singapore will host students participating in the Albedo Experiment, a project developed by ASTC’s IGLO initiative in collaboration with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The polar ice caps help regulate Earth’s temperature by reflecting sun rays. To help students understand this phenomenon, science centers... Read More