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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—before the start of the main conference.

All Preconference ASTC Intensives have limited enrollment and require preregistration. For ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, all preconference intensives are available for $15 per event for both members and non-members (unless otherwise noted).

Please note that you must be registered for the Annual Conference before signing up for Preconference ASTC Intensives.

Registration for Preconference ASTC Intensives closed on October 9.

FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVES ONLY: Chief Executive Preconference Intensive: Budgets

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm ET (each day)

This half-day program will be your opportunity “get real” on budgets with other chief executives of science and technology centers and museums.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person. 

BY INVITE ONLY: NASA’s Universe of Learning Informal Network Virtual Convening

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020
1:00 pm-5:00 pm ET (each day)

This preconference workshop is designed to bring together program model participants with Universe of Learning (UoL) organizing partners and create a space where they can share insights and foster engagement with one another.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Leveraging the Power of Science Centers to Reimagine Future Community Climate Solutions and Resilience

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
1:00 pm-5:00 pm ET

Come learn about new approaches science centers are taking to engage their audiences and work with their local communities to advance climate resilience efforts.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Unpacking Identities: Exploring the Impact of Staff Experiences on Youth

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020
2:00 pm-4:00 pm ET (each day)

This period of isolation and social unrest highlights a need to reflect, develop an understanding of power, privilege, and oppression (PPO), explore issues in the workplace and analyze program structures to develop strategies for making change.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Moving from Reactive to Proactive: Using Creativity Tools and Design-thinking Processes

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020
3:00 pm-5:00 pm ET (each day)

Coming up with new solutions takes more than Post-it notes and markers, especially when working remotely. This session will help participants strengthen their team’s capacity for creative, reflective problem-solving.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

ASTC’s Community Science Initiative: Workshop on models, attributes, and opportunities for expanding the work

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
11:00 am-2:00 pm ET

The session will engage participants in ASTC’s Community Science Initiative by sharing some of the insights from our ongoing landscape study of models and approaches to community in the science engagement field. This free pre-conference intensive is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Sponsored by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Saying “Yes, And” to Improve Agility and Responsiveness in a Disrupted World

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – Thursday, October 15, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm ET (each day)

In science centers and museums, things don’t always go as planned. Learn improv techniques for fast and effective collaboration. (This isn’t a comedy class and there’s no pressure to be funny in front of the group!)

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Writing Competitive Proposals to Federal Agencies

Thursday, October 15, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm ET and 2:00-4:00 pm ET

Join this half-day workshop to learn how to prepare competitive proposals for U.S. Federal funding opportunities. Participants will engage with representatives from several Federal agencies.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Designing Convenings for Community Conversations and Action

Thursday, October 15, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm ET

As society grapples with three compounding crises—COVID-19, systemic racism, and climate change—museums must meaningfully engage with these topics in order to remain relevant in their communities.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Sustainable Futures: Science Centers and Community Partners Working Together for People and the Planet

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Friday, October 16, 2020
3:00-5:00 pm ET (each day)

During this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of sustainability science and practice, identify priorities for your organization and community, and develop a strategy and next steps.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Tools for Conversations on Equity and Broadening Participation in STEM

Friday, October 16, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm ET and 3:00-5:00 pm ET

Join this CAISE preconference intensive workshop to gain hands-on experience with a toolkit you can use to facilitate discussions with colleagues and staff on increasing equity and inclusion in your organization.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

Tools and Training for Starting a Successful Space and Earth Science Virtual Public Program

Friday, October 16, 2020
3:00-5:00 pm ET

Dig into free resources and training from NASA-funded informal education projects that will help you program virtual events and online engagement using space and Earth science materials.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $15 per person.

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