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Stargazing

Science centers around the world are encouraging people to look to the skies as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Through a partnership with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), ASTC is promoting two cornerstone IYA2009 projects: Dark Skies Awareness and night-sky observing with a newly released high-quality, low-cost telescope named the... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Public understanding of climate science got an infusion of energy with the December launch of a major national collaborative designed to engage citizens of all ages directly in investigations of local indicators of climate change. Communicating Climate Change, a project of ASTC’s IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) Initiative, pairs 12 science centers with research... Read More

Communicating climate change

ASTC has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year collaborative project entitled Communicating Climate Change. The grant, awarded by NSF’s Informal Science Education Program, will enable ASTC to advance the informal learning sector’s contribution to public engagement with climate science and the implications of global warming. Partners include the... Read More

Noyce Leadership Institute launched

The Noyce Leadership Institute’s first cohort of Fellows—17 chief executives from science centers worldwide—recently gathered in Seattle for a week-long session beginning the nine-month program of face-to-face sessions, coaching, video conferencing, and peer learning. The Institute was founded in partnership with ASTC to immerse both existing and aspiring executives in cutting-edge knowledge and tools, promising... Read More

Science Centers Smile for NASA Satellites

Since May 15, science centers all over the world have been participating in the Albedo Experiment, a project created by ASTC’s global warming initiative, IGLO, and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Working with students of all ages, science centers have been creating giant white spots, or mock “ice caps,” out of used... 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