ASTC VISTA Community STEM Initiative

ASTC is delighted to welcome 10 AmeriCorps VISTA members and their site supervisors to the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference.

ASTC has embarked on a new collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place AmeriCorps VISTA members at seven ASTC-member institutions:

  • The Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • California Science Center, Los Angeles
  • Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California
  • Discovery Cube – LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
  • Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California
  • New York Hall of Science, Queens

The sites were chosen because they are situated in areas of the United States with high levels of poverty–where AmeriCorps VISTA members devote their time to engaging local communities and increasing opportunities, especially for low-income youth. The ASTC VISTA members are charged with building their institution’s capacity to reach local populations and nearby community organizations to build new and deepen existing connections.

The 2015 ASTC Annual Conference allows the VISTA members to engage in professional development, an important component of the VISTA program. It is also the first time that all of the project teams are meeting in person. This is an important step toward producing a comprehensive guide for the field outlining how science centers and museums can partner with CNCS and AmeriCorps VISTA. The guide will be published at the conclusion of the pilot year in July 2016. Funding for the research and development of this guide is provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

For more information, please contact Peter DeCarolis, ASTC VISTA project director, at