ASTC 2007: From vision to reality!

On the high-wire bike at the California Science Center

More than 2,000 science center professionals from across the globe are gathering in Los Angeles, California, October 13-16 for the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference. ASTC 2007, “Lights, Camera, Action: From Vision to Reality,” is being hosted by the California Science Center.

Highlights include over 150 conference sessions on topics like inquiry learning, working with youth, and communicating with the public about nanoscale science. Keynotes will be given by Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, co-hosts of “MythBusters,” the Discovery Channel’s award-winning science show. In addition, celebrated author and National Medal of Arts winner Ray Bradbury will join Martin Sklar, former vice chairman and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, for an interview with film critic Leonard Maltin about the science of fiction, and Lesley Chilcott and Davis Guggenheim—the co-producer and director, respectively, behind An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning film about global warming featuring former U.S. Vice President Al Gore—will share the strategies that went into designing an illustrated science lecture compelling enough for theatrical release.

The California Science Center stimulates curiosity and inspires science learning through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, and innovative programs. The science center’s main Howard F. Ahmanson Building encompasses three levels in 245,000 square feet, including Creative World, exploring the inventions and environments humans create to meet their needs for communication, transportation and structures; World of Life, examining how people, plants, animals and the tiniest living cells all perform the same life processes to survive; Weingart Special Exhibits Gallery, featuring the new traveling exhibition Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear; an IMAX theater; and, in adjacent buildings, the SKETCH Foundation Gallery, with more than 16,000 square feet of historic and interactive air and space exhibits, and the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation, featuring the K–5 Science Center School and the giant experimentation platforms of The Big Lab.

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See you in LA!