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Upcoming Workshops—Tinkering: The Series

More adventurous than the latest Hollywood superhero movie franchise and more exciting than a PowerPoint presentation on the theory and philosophy underlying the facilitation of making experiences, ASTC announces: The Tinkering Workshops, a series of in-depth gatherings designed by members of the ASTC Making & Tinkering Spaces in Museums Community of Practice (CoP). The Series... Read More

Gaining Perspective in Free-Choice Learning: Reflecting on Practice

Looking back on things helps us gain perspective, but truly reflecting on educational practices helps build a roadmap guiding us into the future By Lindzy Bivings, Senior Manager, School & Community Programs, California Academy of Sciences Here are five tips in gaining perspective through using reflection to become a more effective educator. These are strategies... Read More

Webinar—Bzzzt: How Your Visitors Can Participate in the Mosquito Global Experiment

Informational Session on How Your Institution Can Join the Global Citizen Science Component of the 2017 International Science Center and Science Museum Day Click here to watch the webinar recording. In 2017, the International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) will again feature a Global Experiment—a collaborative citizen science project conducted by the visitors, members,... Read More

ASTC Seeks ISE Session Proposals for NSTA 2018 Conference

Call for Session Proposals: ASTC Strand at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference Due Date: Friday, May 12   ASTC is currently soliciting proposals for 10 one-hour sessions at the 2018 NSTA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 15–18, 2018. Proposals are invited from the entire informal science education (ISE) community—educators from... Read More

Webinar—Food Glorious Food!

This was the first in a series of food science and agriculture webinars co-hosted by ASTC and the International Food Information Council Foundation, exploring how these subjects can be successfully featured in programs and exhibitions at science centers, museums, and similar institutions around the world.   Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s... Read More

Webinar—Everybody’s Doing It: Techniques, Tips, and Trends for Updating Your Resume

Post-event registrations are now being accepted. Click here to receive exclusive access to this webinar’s recording and resource materials. Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock. This webinar was co-hosted by ASTC and the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM). When is the last time you updated your resume? If your answer is “more than six months ago” or... Read More

Webinar—Keeping It Real: Tracking the Duration and Allocation of Visitors’ Time in Exhibitions

Post-event registrations are now being accepted. Click here to receive exclusive access to this webinar’s recording and resource materials. Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock. This webinar was co-hosted by ASTC and the Visitor Studies Association (VSA). Do you know what your visitors are really doing in your exhibitions? What you imagine or assume might be... Read More