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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.   In this introductory webinar on May 25, researchers from... 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

Webinarar—Great Ideas under $1,000 for Small Museums (and Big Ones, Too!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET      Presented by ASTC’s Early Childhood and Small Museums Communities of Practice Are you looking for new, low-cost ways to keep visitors (and staff) engaged? Providing new and creative visitor experiences in museums is paramount, but budget and time constraints can make innovation challenging. Enter “micro-innovations,” the small, relatively... Read More

Congratulations to the 2016 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is excited to welcome its 2016 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows—including nine New Fellows and four Alumni Fellows—to the 2016 ASTC Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who are attending ASTC 2016 to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the chance to hone their... Read More