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2019 ASTC Intensives: Dive Deeply into Morning, Afternoon, and All-Day Workshops

Plunge into these immersive ASTC Intensive workshops on Friday, September 20, before the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference officially begins on Saturday.

 

 

ASTC Intensives are a chance for conference attendees to participate in focused learning experiences on a single topic, as well as to connect and network with peers with similar occupational and topical interests.

Imagined, developed, and presented by a group of experts in the field, these ASTC Intensives focus on subjects within the five ASTC 2019 tracks: 

  • Business Operations, Development, and Marketing
  • Content and Design
  • External Collaborations and Co-Creation
  • Informal Education and Learning
  • Leadership and Professional Development

All ASTC Intensives have limited enrollment and require preregistration. The registration fee for each is $75 for half-day workshops and $150 for all-day opportunities, which includes meals and transportation, if necessary.

 

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MORNING INTENSIVES (9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)

 

Controversy in Science Museums:
Reimagining Exhibition Spaces and Practice

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Science center landscapes are shifting to tackle engaging and controversial topics such as climate change, mental health, and genetically modified organisms. Join our interactive session to explore possibilities and challenges of provocative science exhibitions and how new and pre-existing exhibitions can embrace controversy in their designs while supporting visitor experiences.

Session Leader: Erminia Pedretti, Professor of Science Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Toronto
Session Presenters: Ana Maria Navas Iannini, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Toronto, Daniel Atkinson, University of Toronto; Vishnu Ramcharan, Specialist, Visitor and Community Engagement, Ontario Science Centre

Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track:
Informal Education and Learning
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Exhibit Design, Learning Research, Visitor Experience

 

Designing a Situated Mobile Game
to Enhance Informal Science Learning

ARIS is a free, open-source location-based game development platform that has been used to enhance learning in informal environments. Play an ARIS game and learn the ARIS basics as you work collaboratively to create your first situated mobile learning adventure! No “coding” necessary!

Session Leader: Dana Atwood-Blaine, Assistant Professor and Jacobson Elementary Science Fellow, University of Northern Iowa
Session Presenter: Bettina Fabos, Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).
ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Visitor Experience, K-12 School Collaboration, Advanced Technology (AR, VR, etc.)

 

Exhilarating Experiments and Dramatic Discoveries:
How to Tell Riveting Science Stories Like an Artist

Note: This extended morning Intensive ends at 2:30 p.m.

Science is full of stories, and telling them well is an art. Join artists—creative writers, physical comedians, songwriters, and professional yarn-spinners—as they share diverse, arts-based tools for telling your stories with confidence, integrity, dramatic effect, and emotional immediacy. The day will culminate in a performance of Matheatre’s Curie Me Away!

Session Leader: Sadie Bowman, Writer, Performer, Booking Manager, Matheatrebr /> Session Presenters: Ricky Coates, Performer and Technical Director, Matheatre; Anika Taylor, Outreach Programs Manager, The Bakken Library and Museum; Zita Nyarady, Performer and Director, The Grand Salto Theatre Co.; Myque Franz, Performer and Director, The Grand Salto Theatre Co.; Sage Tyrtle, Educator and Storyteller

Preregistration required. Limited to 40 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Communications, Member Engagement, Outreach

 

How to Present a Universe of Data through OpenSpace

5 spaces remain

Learn how to explore the universe in OpenSpace, an open source NASA-funded software that runs on a variety of platforms, from laptops to planetarium domes. Workshop participants will download and operate the software on their own machines and get tips on using it to design unique presentations and education activities.

Session Leader: Corrie Roe, Production Coordinator, Science Visualization, American Museum of Natural History
Session Presenters: Rosamond Kinzler, Senior Director, National Center for Science Literacy, Education, & Technology, American Museum of Natural History; Rachel L. Smith, Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab Curator, Meteorites, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences/Appalachian State University; Mark SubbaRao, Director of the Space Visualization, The Adler Planetarium; Micah Acinapura, Software Integration Engineer, American Museum of Natural History; Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization for Production and Education, American Museum of Natural History; Vivian Trakinski, Director, Science Bulletins, American Museum of Natural History

Preregistration required. Limited to 20 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: External Collaborations and Co-Creation
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Advanced Technology (AR, VR, etc.), Public Programs, Youth Development

 

The Future of Cannabis:
Science, Health, Public Policy in Canada and the World

Come to this workshop with clinical, policy, research, and STEM education experts to grapple with the interrelated scientific and social questions raised by the end of the cannabis prohibition in Canada. How can we engage with our diverse communities during this period of rapidly emerging and contradictory information?

Session Leader: Eric Siegel, Director of Strategic Projects, University of California at Berkeley
Session Presenters: Lionel Marks de Chabris, Physician, Pain Management and Medical Evaluator; Sarah Seiter, Associate Curator of Natural Sciences, Oakland Museum of California; Julie Moskalyk, Science Director, Science North

Preregistration required. Limited to 50 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: External Collaborations and Co-Creation
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Global Perspective, Social Justice, Adult Engagement

 

Up the Learning Curve:
Tips and Networking for New CEOs and Senior Leaders

This workshop follows the CEO Forum and gives new CEOs (typically under five years in current role) and senior leaders the opportunity to discuss relevant topics with experienced science center and museum leaders. Participants will select three topics to explore during the workshop.

Session Leader: Charlie Trautmann, Director Emeritus, Sciencenter
Session Presenters: Bill Booth, Principal, Booth Learning; Christian Greer , Chief Officer for Science + Education + Experience, Saint Louis Science Center; Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO, Arizona Science Center; Kristin Leigh, Deputy Director, Explora; Lesley Lewis, Past Chair of ASTC and former CEO, Ontario Science Centre; Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum; Jennifer Martin, Freelance CEO; Pelle Persson, Past Chair of ASTC and Former Director, Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre; Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center; Gillian Thomas, Consultant; David Ucko, Former President, Science City at Union Station; Barry Van Deman, President and CEO, Museum of Life and Science

Preregistration required. Limited to 40 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Leadership and Professional Development

Target Audience: Strategic (advanced career professionals)
Tags: Administration, Management, Leadership

 

AFTERNOON INTENSIVES (1:30–5:30 p.m.)

 

Decolonizing Science Education . . . in a Good Way

How do we begin to decolonize science education? Through this intensive session, build your capacity to understand the truth of our shared colonial history and its legacy, challenge stereotypes and appropriation, and begin to reconcile Western science and Indigenous ecological knowledge to cultivate new understandings of our natural environment.

Session Leader: J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator, Royal Ontario Museum
Session Presenter: Wendy Ng, Manager, Learning, Royal Ontario Museum

Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)

 

Designing and Evaluating Programs for Family Audiences

1 space remains

Adults support their children’s learning continuously. Learn to harness that potential by planning for family learning in exhibit and lab classroom programs. Participants will leave with handouts covering the family learning framework, tools for program planning, and tools for program evaluation developed at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Session Leader: Claire Thoma Emmons, Research and Evaluation Associate, The Children’s Museum Indianapolis
Session Presenters: Carey Meier, Programs Manager of Interpretations, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Becky Wolfe, Director of School Programs and Educational Resources, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Preregistration required. Limited to 25 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Applied (mid-career professionals)
Tags: Program Evaluation, Public Programs

 

Make-A-Vis:
Come Build a Data Visualization from the Ground Up

Visualize your world! During this hands-on session come play with the xMacroscope, an open-source tool that supports the design of compelling data visualization experiences for the museum floor. This is a hands-on session; bring your laptop and use your data or ours.

Session Leader: Katy Borner, Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Indiana University
Session Presenter: Elizabeth Record, Curator, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, CNS, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University; Bryan Kennedy, Director, Exhibit Media, Science Museum of Minnesota; Kylie Peppler, Associate Professor, University of California Irvine; Stephen Uzzo, Chief Scientist, New York Hall of Science

Preregistration required. Limited to 40 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Working with Higher Education, Learning Research, 21st Century Skills

 

Playing with the Future:
Creating Exhibits and Programs that
Immerse Visitors in Futures Thinking

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Meet professional “futurists” and learn how futures thinking, skills, and ideas have been integrated into science centers and children’s museums. Then work in small groups to brainstorm and develop ideas for new STEM learning experiences that immerse public audiences in envisioning the kind of future we want to live in.

Session Leader: Rae Ostman, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning, Arizona State University
Session Presenters: Meredith Doby, Vice President of Exhibits, The DoSeum; Paul Martin, Co-director, Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning, Arizona State University; Peter Bishop, Founder and Executive Director, Teach the Future; Joe Tankersley, Principal Consultant, Unique Visions; Stuart Candy, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants. Fee: $75 per person (includes snack and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Public Programs, Exhibit Design, 21st Century Skills

 

Preparing for NASA’s Next Moonshot:
An Interactive Discussion about
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

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NASA’s next big moonshot, the James Webb Space Telescope, will launch in 2021 and bring discoveries that will change our understanding of the universe. How will you share the science and stories of this wonder? Join us to brainstorm your needs and desires for programming around NASA’s next great observatory.

Session Leader: Alexandra Lockwood, Webb Science Communications Lead, Space Telescope Science Institute
Session Presenter: Timothy Rhue II, Senior Informal Education Specialist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Preregistration required. Limited to 25 participants. Fee: FREE (includes snack and transportation, if necessary). Sponsored by Space Telescope Science Institute.

ASTC 2019 Track: External Collaborations and Co-Creation
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Prototyping and Piloting, Future Planning, Public Programs

 

ALL-DAY INTENSIVES (9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)

Emotion in the Science Center:
Applying Affective Theory, Research, and
Technologies in Designed Experiences

How can emotion be leveraged in designed experiences to foster meaningful learning and engagement? In this ASTC Intensive, participants will investigate emotion theory, explore measurement tools and technologies, and practice designing for emotional goals. Participants’ perspectives and expertise will help us co-create understanding of the future of emotion in our work.

Session Leader: Sarah May, Research and Evaluation Associate, Museum of Science, Boston
Session Presenters: Becki Kipling, Manager, Early Childhood Development and Education, Museum of Science, Boston; Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EdTogether; Alana Parkes, Supervisor, Exhibit Content Development, Museum of Science, Boston; Elizabeth Kong, Manager, Hall of Human Life, Museum of Science, Boston; Beth Malandain, Senior Exhibit Designer, Museum of Science, Boston

Preregistration required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Learning Research, Exhibit Design, Emerging Technology

 

Flexible Methods for Formative Evaluation

Curious about formative evaluation? Join us to learn about a range of formative evaluation methods that can be used during the exhibit development process. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice different methods aimed at gathering visitor-informed data through prototyping and piloting.

Session Leader: Leigh Ann Mesiti, Assistant Manager, Research and Evaluation, Museum of Science, Boston
Session Presenters: Alexander Lussenhop, Research Associate, Museum of Science, Boston; Sarah Cohn, Evaluator, Aurora Consulting

Preregistration required. Limited to 25 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Content and Design
Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Visitor Experience, Prototyping and Piloting, Exhibit Design

 

Let’s Do Chemistry:
Designing and Facilitating Chemistry Activities
to Increase Interest, Relevance, and Self-efficacy

Learn about a framework for designing and facilitating hands-on informal chemistry activities that increase learners’ interest, relevance, and self-efficacy. We’ll explore video interactions with visitors that embody the framework, practice and discuss hands-on activities that can help to promote these positive attitudes, and apply the framework to other activities.

Session Leader: David Sittenfeld, Manager, Forums and National Collaborations, Museum of Science, Boston

Session Presenters: Ali Jackson, Director of National Collaborations, Sciencenter; Rae Ostman, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning, Arizona State University; Elizabeth Kollmann, Manager, Research and Evaluation, Museum of Science, Boston; Patricia Galvan, Program Manager, Office of Science Outreach, American Chemical Society

Preregistration required. Limited to 50 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Public Programs, Prototyping and Piloting, Learning Research

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Speaking Science in the Spotlight

8 spaces remain

Welcome to the world of social media, television, radio, and podcasts. Grab your smartphone, laptop, and camera—in this ASTC Intensive workshop, we’re blending education with marketing to hone your content creation, storytelling, and media-pitching skills to build public awareness, interest, and engagement in science and your center.

Session Leader: Sari Custer, Chief Curiosity Officer, Arizona Science Center
Session Presenters: Susan Heilman, Senior Education Associate, Museum of Science, Boston; Samantha McDuffee, Manager Content Strategy and Social Media, Museum of Science, Boston; Brian O’Malley, Senior Account Executive and Director of Events and Marketing, Gordon C. James Public Relations; Heather Zielinski, Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Arizona Science Center; Alex Hastings, Philip W. Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, Science Museum of Minnesota

Preregistration required. Limited to 20 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Business Operations, Development, and Marketing

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Communications, Marketing, Science Shows

 

Making a Maker Future

Spend a day inventing the future of maker culture in our science centers! The Ontario Science Centre and STEAMLabs are hosting a full-day hackathon for you to create a prototype exhibit or activity for your institution. You’ll have access to a full range of equipment—laser cutters, a CNC router, 3D printers, wood shop, electronics lab, and more. No skills are required; expert facilitators will be on hand to teach you the basics and operate the equipment.

Session Leader: Andy Forest, Executive Director, STEAMLabs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Session Presenters: Kevin Von Appen, Director, Science Communication, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Lorrie-Ann Smith, Director, Education, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Preregistration required. Limited to 20 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals).
This event will take place at the Toronto Tool Library maker space at the Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, a 15-minute walk from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Making and Tinkering

 

NEON: National Education Outreach Network

Outreach programs are some of the most diverse, dynamic, exciting, and innovative in the science center field. NEON will explore the many facets of outreach. Multiple presenters will address programs, demos, new opportunities, new audiences and brainstorm solutions to outreach challenges.

Session Leader: Jonah Cohen, Manager, Science Education, McWane Science Center
Session Presenters: Tara Broadhurst, Director of Statewide, Sci-Tech Discovery Center; Paul Taylor, Traveling Science Show and Community Outreach Manager, The Franklin Institute; Dani Boyd, Early Childhood Education Coordinator, Carnegie Science Center

Preregistration required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Outreach, Science Shows

 

Practice-based Facilitation:
A Framework for Advancing Visitor Learning
through Engagement in STEM Practices

Science centers are shifting toward open-ended, audience-centered learning experiences that require new methods of identifying what visitors are learning and new techniques for facilitating their experience. This workshop will equip and inspire museums to implement practice-based learning experiences that extend and deepen visitors’ use of STEM practices through practice-based facilitation.

Session Leader: Ron Skinner, Director of Education, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Session Presenters: Danielle Harlow, Associate Professor, Science Education, University of California, Santa Barbara; Donna Francis, Researcher/Programmer, Ontario Science Centre

Preregistration required. Limited to 40 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Partnerships, Visitor Experience, Learning Research

 

Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop:
Blending In-person and Online

Reflecting on Practice (RoP) is a professional learning program for educational professionals in informal learning institutions. This blended workshop (Intensive and five online meetings) is designed for leaders and/or emerging leaders from an institution to become an RoP Facilitator and be able to lead the program at their organizations.

Session Leader: Lynn Tran, Researcher, The Lawrence Hall of Science
Session Presenter: Catherine Halversen, Senior Project Director, Teaching and Learning, The Lawrence Hall of Science

Preregistration required. Limited to 20 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Leadership and Professional Development
Target Audience: Applied (mid-career professionals)
Tags: Inclusive Workforce Development, Talent Management, Visitor Experience

 

STEM Justice 101:
Redefining STEM as a Tool for
Addressing Systems of Oppression

8 spaces remain

Struggling to broaden participation? Join the STEM Justice movement to redefine STEM as a tool for addressing systemic oppression. This workshop explores five themes: self, social justice, the culture of STEM, youth development, and STEM Justice practices. Leave with new tools, connections, and an ongoing platform to engage the movement.

Session Leader: Joseph Adamji, Director, Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, Science Museum of Minnesota
Session Presenters: Emmanuel Donaby, Manager, Middle School Programs, Science Museum of Minnesota; Oanh Vu, Manager – Media and Technology, Science Museum of Minnesota; Shannon McManimon, Museum Educator, Science Museum of Minnesota

Preregistration required. Limited to 30 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes meals and transportation, if necessary).

ASTC 2019 Track: Informal Education and Learning

Target Audience: Universal (all audiences)
Tags: Career development, Diversity and Equity, 21st Century Skills