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ASTC 2013 Keynote Presentation: Is the Museum of Tomorrow the Future of Science Centers?

The Sunday, October 20th keynote presentation at the ASTC 2013 Annual Conference will focus on the plans for the Museum of the Tomorrow, currently under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Pier Maua as part of the Porto Maravilha waterfront revitalization project. Sustainability will be at the center of both the Museum of Tomorrow’s... Read More

ASTC Update: Three ASTC members receive IMLS/MacArthur Learning Labs grant, four more to partner with awarded libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced November 8 that three ASTC-member institutions—the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California; Madison Children’s Museum, Wisconsin; and the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, Richmond—were among the second round of winners of a U.S.-wide competition to design 21st... Read More

New grants help museums and libraries connect youth with friends, learning, and mentors to link their passions to future success

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced the second round of winners of a national competition to design 21st century Learning Labs in museums and libraries around the country. The 12 winners—five museums and seven libraries—will receive a total of $1.2 million in... Read More

Three elected to serve on ASTC's Board of Directors

Guy Labine, CEO, Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; Tit Meng (TM) Lim, chief executive, Singapore Science Centre, Singapore; and Alexander Zwissler, executive director and CEO, Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA, were recently elected to ASTC’s Board of Directors, and officially took office October 16, at the close of ASTC’s 2012 Annual Conference in... Read More

Navigating the Afterschool Landscape: Policy, Research, and Funding

(Session summary by Sean Smith, ASTC’s director of government and public relations) On Sunday afternoon, ASTC 2012 Annual Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn about ways in which to engage comprehensive afterschool programs as partners in STEM education. Session leader Anita Krishnamurthi (Director of STEM Policy, Aftershool Alliance), along with panelists Victoria Wegener (Lead... Read More

Born of Place: The Key to Institutional Sustainability

What does it take to make a science center sustainable, adopted by its community, and defended by its community? In Born of Place: The Key to Institutional Sustainability, a panel composed of Don Weinreich, partner, Ennead Architects; Sarah George, executive director, Natural History Museum of Utah; and Eric Siegel, director/chief content officer, New York Hall... Read More