The Award for Innovation, presented from 1999 to 2002, was the result of an idea by Stacy Bishkin of BBH Exhibits (later Clear Channel Communications). The award was given to an individual or team from an ASTC-member institution to recognize and celebrate a recent or contemporary innovation that advanced the mission of the institution and of the science-technology center field in new and significant ways.
2002: The winning team, which included staff from New Jersey’s Morristown Memorial Hospital and Liberty Science Center, was honored for Live from…Cardiac Classroom, an exemplary, real-time learning experience that invites students and visitors to interact in real time with a medical team conducting heart surgery.
2001: The winning team, representing project partners the Science Discovery Museum, Acton, Massachusetts, and the Uxbridge Public School District, was honored for its multifaceted Explore & Discover Program, which demonstrated the power of infusing science center culture and inquiry-based learning into a school setting and the community at large.
2000: The Exploratorium Web Team was honored for creating an exemplary web site for exploring science and for sharing their considerable expertise in Internet applications to advance the science center field.
1999: Dr. Moshe Rishpon was honored for his work in creating the Clore Garden of Science, Rehovot, Israel, a science center without walls and an outdoor world of science discovery, where the exhibits are sculptures on a grand scale and a “day in the park” is a learning experience.