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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

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