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Discovering Engineering

On February 20, over 5,000 visitors flocked to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., for Discover Engineering Family Day. The celebration featured dozens of interactive activities, from building gumdrop geodomes to experimenting with natural and nano-manufactured materials that show properties like water resistance. The activities were provided by local engineering chapters, national organizations, and museums, including the... Read More

Science Museum of Minnesota participates in "A New National Dialogue on Race"

On January 12–13, the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), St. Paul, participated in a two-day symposium, “A New National Dialogue on Race,” in Washington, D.C. The event, co-sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Congressional Black Caucus, consisted of four panels of experts from academia, civil rights organizations, and museums, designed to look... Read More

Where Art Meets Science

On September 17, the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, unveiled a new permanent sculpture by world-renowned artist Maya Lin. The sculpture is one component of Lin’s last memorial, “What is Missing?”—a multi-sited, multimedia artwork dedicated to raising awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Rethinking the traditional stationary monument, “What is... Read More

To the moon…and beyond?

Science museums across the United States joined the Newseum, Washington, D.C., in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A panel discussion, simulcast to six ASTC member institutions and moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, featured lunar module pilots Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Charlie Duke (Apollo 16); John Grunsfeld, mission specialist during a recent... 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