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NanoDays 2009, the second annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, kicked off on March 28. Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the festival will continue through April 5 with over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the United States taking part. NanoDays activities are... Read More

Stargazing

Science centers around the world are encouraging people to look to the skies as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Through a partnership with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), ASTC is promoting two cornerstone IYA2009 projects: Dark Skies Awareness and night-sky observing with a newly released high-quality, low-cost telescope named the... Read More

President Obama signs stimulus package at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

On February 17, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado. The museum, powered in part by 465 solar panels on its roof, was chosen as the event site to highlight the administration’s goal of creating new green jobs and opportunities. In his... Read More

Museums boost science learning, new report finds

Today, the (U.S.) National Research Council (NRC) released a highly anticipated report on learning in informal settings. According to the NRC, “tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways – by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Public understanding of climate science got an infusion of energy with the December launch of a major national collaborative designed to engage citizens of all ages directly in investigations of local indicators of climate change. Communicating Climate Change, a project of ASTC’s IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) Initiative, pairs 12 science centers with research... Read More

Saint Louis Science Center hosts first annual SciFest

On October 9–13, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri, invited visitors to celebrate and engage in science at SciFest 08. The new annual event featured sessions and demonstrations on topics ranging from the science of chocolate and the physics of rock & roll, to climate change and the future of cancer research. Physicist Mark Lewney used... Read More

1,800 from 31 countries attend ASTC 2008

More than 1,800 science center professionals from 31 countries gathered in Philadelphia, October 18–21, for the 2008 ASTC Annual Conference. Over 140 conference sessions challenged participants to explore their responsibility to both their scientific and public constituencies. Keynote speaker Steven Berlin Johnson, a journalist, cultural critic, and web developer, encouraged science centers to become places... Read More