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Play’s the Thing at CASC Conference

From June 12 to 14, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) will hold its annual conference in London, Ontario, focusing on the theme Learn to Play! Play to Learn! More than 200 delegates hailing from Canada’s science centers and museums, as well as the government, media, and business community, are expected to attend. Sessions... Read More

Science Debate 2008

Science centers across the United States have joined scientists and other concerned citizens in calling for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology during this election year. Recognizing that science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of the policy issues facing our nation and the world, Science Debate 2008 organizers... Read More

The Franklin Institute Awards

On the evening of April 17, following a week of activities celebrating science and the spirit of discovery, nine individuals will be honored with Benjamin Franklin Medals and two will be presented with prestigious Bower Awards at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Franklin Institute Awards, often a precursor to the Nobel Prize, are... Read More

NanoDays in Washington, D.C.

On April 2, NISE Net brought interactive exhibits and activities to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., inviting House and Senate members of the STEM Education and Nanotechnology Caucuses, legislative staffers, and the general public to learn more about nanotechnology’s potential transformative impact on such fields as healthcare, information processing, and energy production. In addition to... Read More

Thinking small

From March 29 through April 6, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) presents NanoDays, the first nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science.  Through activities like NanoDays, the NISE Net is working to build partnerships between science museums and research centers to increase the capacity of both kinds of institutions to engage the... Read More

IPY-IGLO videoconference creates dialogue between scientists and students

On March 13, two interactive videoconferences themed Our Changing Planet: Past and Present were sponsored by the International Polar Year (IPY) and ASTC’s IGLO initiative. A program of presentations by polar scientists and students was developed in partnership with NASA, MAGPI (an Internet2 consortium), and seven science centers from all over the world. Dr. Robert... Read More

Let them eat Pi

March 14 marks the 20th anniversary of Pi Day, an international holiday founded by the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, to celebrate the irrational number (it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday). The highlight of the festivities is the annual Pi Procession to the Pi Shrine, a small brass plate engraved with pi to a... Read More