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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

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

Working with scientists and engineers

Ongoing engagements with research scientists, mathematicians, and engineers help assure that the content of science centers remains strong and current. Starting September 24, we’ll be hosting an ongoing series of discussions and problem-solving sessions within a new ASTC Connect forum to help support those working to foster and strengthen these relationships. The first, week-long discussion kicks off with a... Read More

Science at the nanoscale

How do science centers engage the public in science they can’t see? The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) will share their stories during the ASTC Annual Conference, October 13–16, Los Angeles. The challenges are tough, network members report. As one member reflects, “The scale is unfamiliar, the science is hairy, and many people... Read More

Climate conversations coming up

ASTC and its member museums will open their doors October 4 for a National Conversation on Climate Action, organized in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and ICLEI-US (Local Governments for Sustainability). The objective of the National Conversation is to highlight and catalyze local efforts through a national event that builds... Read More