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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

Searching for Darkness

The third annual GLOBE at Night program began on February 25, enlisting people around the world in reporting on sky brightness and star visibility. Through March 8, participating science centers are holding public events to encourage citizen-scientists to contribute observations and measurements to a growing global database. Globe at Night is designed to teach about... Read More

Agents of Change: 5th Science Centre World Congress

Science centers worldwide are preparing to convene in Toronto, June 15–20, for the 5th Science Centre World Congress, Science Centres as Agents of Change, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre. Global environmental sustainability and science centers’ social responsibility are key conference themes. Among those addressing them are two notable keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit leader,... Read More

OMSI honored at White House ceremony

On January 14, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, was honored at a White House ceremony  as a 2007 National Award for Museum and Library Service recipient. The award is given annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in coordination with the White House, to recognize institutions that have made exceptional... Read More

Dispatches from Antarctica

On January 4, weather permitting, the Exploratorium webcast team will hook up with scientists at Palmer Research Station in the Western Antarctic Peninsula as part of its continuing series Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists. The peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming places on Earth and the site of a Long Term Ecological... Read More

The Tech opens in Second Life

On December 11, the Tech Museum of Innovation opened a replica of its San Jose, California, facility in the virtual world of Second Life and announced a design competition on the theme of “Art, Film, and Music.” Curators, artists, craftspeople, and exhibit builders worldwide are invited to participate. An online collaboration platform will enable participants... Read More