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  A Place for Learning Science
A Place for Learning Science:
Starting a Science Center and Keeping It Running

By Sheila Grinell
ASTC, 2003


The perfect fusion of “how to” and the philosophy
of “why”.... The first advice I give anyone who
asks about starting a center is “Buy this book.”

—Bill Booth, President/CEO, COSI Toledo


A Place for Learning Science presents the essentials of science center planning and management—from understanding the audience and defining the mission to making the transition from start-up to operating support, and planning for change. Accompanying Grinell’s overviews of these key topics are nine “Voices from the Field,” complementary sidebars reflecting the experiences of museum practitioners, and seven “Viewpoints,” longer articles by leading analysts within and outside the field that offer perspectives on informal science education, visitor studies, board management, museum marketing, and more. Detailed chapter notes and an extensive bibliography round out the 130-page book. A Place for Learning Science is a revised, expanded, and updated version of A New Place for Learning Science, published by ASTC in 1992 with the support of the National Science Foundation.

$30 for ASTC members, $35 for nonmembers. Shipping and handling extra.

  Sheila Grinell
Sheila Grinell
Photo courtesy Arizona Science Center
A former leader of ASTC’s Institutes for New Science Centers and one of the original staff of the Exploratorium, Sheila Grinell (left) is currently president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix.


Table of Contents
Foreword
About Science Centers—and This Book
Starting with the Mission
Understanding the Audience
Planning Exhibits and Programs
Setting Up the Business
Preparing for Change
Appendix I. Profiles of Science Centers
Appendix II. Science Center Networks
Bibliography

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