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The Art of Science: Creating a Better Future/El Arte de la Ciencia: Hacia un Futuro Mejor

In just three short months, science center professionals from around the world will gather in Fort Worth, Texas to explore “The Art of Science” at the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference. Attendees will help further advance ASTC’s new Strategic Direction of making science centers valuable and essential partners in addressing key local, national, and global societal... Read More

Flickering lights

Are firefly populations declining? Last year, the Museum of Science, Boston, in partnership with Tufts University and Fitchburg State College, developed Firefly Watch, a citizen science project, to help find out. The museum is asking volunteers to check their backyards for fireflies, one evening a week for 10 minutes throughout the summer, and to report... Read More

Summer science

Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and ASTC members are offering a wealth of warm-weather science activities. Many museums held summer soltice celebrations on June 21, including Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where visitors received free admission if they brought a snowball from this past winter to launch from a giant slingshot into the Ohio... Read More

Transforming Science Education

On June 10, the Carnegie Corporation of New York—Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Commission on Mathematics and Science Education kicked-off a national mobilization to achieve much higher levels of math and science learning with the release of its report, The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy. The report... Read More

Science Sets Sail

After three years of planning, Around the Americas, an ocean voyage organized by Pacific Science Center, Seattle, and Sailors for the Sea, is underway. On May 31, Ocean Watch, the project’s scientifically equipped sailboat, launched from Seattle to begin its 24,000-mile circumnavigation of the North and South American continents. During the 13-month journey, the boat... Read More

How green does your garden grow?

Science centers regularly incorporate sustainable practices into their operations, educational programs, and exhibits. This week, the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, is planting a BayScapes Garden on its front lawn, making landscaping and maintenance a greener process while at the same time creating a new outdoor exhibit that visitors can explore. The garden, developed in... Read More

Science centers as news centers

Science centers regularly provide their communities with science news and promote dialogue on current science issues. As concerns over the H1N1 virus continue to grow, ASTC members are serving as places where visitors can learn more about the virus and share information with others, both on-site and online. Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee, and the... Read More

Ten ASTC members receive grants for preschool programs

On April 21, the PNC Foundation announced Grow Up Great with Science, a new initiative to foster a foundation in science for preschoolers. The foundation has awarded grants to 14 mid-Atlantic science centers and nonprofit organizations, including 10 ASTC members. The grants will fund professional development for local preschool teachers and free science center visits for... Read More