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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Tool Foundry: Advancing Accessible Tools for Scientific Discovery

What if everyone had access to powerful tools for scientific learning and problem solving? Scientific discovery tools—from telescopes to magnetometers—help us answer questions and generate knowledge. But many powerful tools are too expensive or too difficult for non-experts to use. Earlier this month, Luminary Labs launched Tool Foundry to advance scientific discovery tools that anyone... Read More

Webinar—Going Mobile? Bring a COMPASS

Discover the art and science of using “Indoor GPS” and mobile phones in museums for interpretation, visitor tracking, accessibility, personalization, and more.   Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.   This webinar addressed some of the Why, How, What, and For Whom topics that arose from the presentations... Read More

Your Guide to Creating a Competitive Diversity Fellows Application

So you want to be a 2019 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow? You’ve talked with your supervisor, considered your professional goals, built a passion for making change in the science center field, and you are now ready to apply to the 2019 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program. Below are some tips and advice... Read More

Setting Course for Our Future through an Expanding and Aligned ASTC Staff

To better support our members, and following our extensive member- and stakeholder-listening process in 2018, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) now is engaged in a transformative process to implement a new strategic direction. We are excited to share more details over the coming months with our members and partners about ASTC’s future, including our... Read More

Getting Ready for LGBTSTEM Day

This coming July 5 is LGBTSTEM Day, an international day celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Science centers and museums that would like to plan events for the day, work with LGBTQIA organizations in their communities, or introduce inclusive practices in their institutions... Read More

Coming Up: Museum Week 2019

#MuseumWeek 2019, May 13–19 this year, will bring together cultural institutions from all over the world—with seven days, seven themes, and seven hashtags. Whether online or on-site, your organization can participate in the global event by sharing your unique take on, or inviting the public to participate in, these topics on these days #WomenInCulture (Monday,... Read More

ISE Session Proposals Sought for 2020 NSTA Conference

  Call for Session Proposals: ASTC Strand at the 2020 NSTA National Conference Due Date: Monday, May 6   ASTC is currently soliciting proposals for 10 one-hour sessions at the next National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference in Boston, April 2–4, 2020. Proposals are invited from the entire informal science education (ISE) community—educators from... Read More