ASTC 2022: What's Next

ASTC Intensives

ASTC 2022 Annual Conference
September 12–15, 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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 ASTC Intensives have limited enrollment, require preregistration, and have an additional fee.

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

Meaningful Makerspaces: Using Human-Centered Design to Create Mission-Driven Makerspaces from the Ground Up

Sunday, September 11, 2022
9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

In this session, participants will use human-centered design to develop a mission statement for their makerspace, rather than having technology be the main influence, and how to determine what kind of technology to use in their space.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Will be held at Carnegie Science Center Fab Lab. Fee: $150 per person.

Sustainability: Transforming Buildings in the Steel City to Provide High Quality Educational Experiences

Sunday, September 11, 2022
9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET

Participants will learn about strategies for balancing historic preservation with energy conservation, best practices for creating a healthy high-performing learning environment, and examples of design for increasing inclusivity and inspiration.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

The Landscape of Education for Climate Action

Sunday, September 11, 2022
9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET

In this interactive session, participants will learn about climate change education in the United States and discuss their role within this system and how to engage in new efforts to address the climate challenges within their communities.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

Co-designing Deliberative Events to Advance Community Priorities

Sunday, September 11, 2022
10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET

Dialogue & Deliberation can help communities make decisions and take action on issues at the intersection of science, society, and policy. Learn from your peers’ pilot collaborations, including how they attended to equity and navigated partnerships.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Sponsored by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Building Bridges to the Future: Addressing the Leadership Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Sunday, September 11, 2022
12:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This highly interactive session for senior leaders (CEOs, Executive Directors, C-Suite leaders, etc.) will present some of the toughest issues leaders face today. Lively discussions, solution room challenges, and “safe spaces” will be established to allow for small group peer-to-peer discussions on relevant topics.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person. Lunch will be provided.

Bio-Tinkering Bootcamp: Systems and Strategies for Creating Experiences that Support Creativity and Making with Biology

Sunday, September 11, 2022
2:00 – 6:00 pm ET

In this hands-on interactive session, participants will learn about and explore the emerging worlds of bio-making and biodesign; including opportunities to brainstorm with fellow participants and create using several different biological systems. 

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

Designing for Empathy Lab

Sunday, September 11, 2022
2:00 – 6:00 pm ET

This interactive workshop will provide an overview for the “Designing for Empathy” frameworks where participants will create tools to facilitate conversations and evaluate how they can be adapted to make empathy-building experiences in your museum.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

From Accommodations to Inclusion: Co-creating Maker Programs with and for Neurodiverse Youth

Sunday, September 11, 2022
2:00 – 6:00 pm ET

In this interactive workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of how to develop maker programming that is inclusive of neurodiverse audiences, including those on the autism spectrum, through discussions and the development of materials.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

Science Communication and Engagement with Faith Communities

Sunday, September 11, 2022
2:00 – 6:00 pm ET

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the historical context of science engagement, how religion is relevant to public engagement with science, and programming on human origins that is inclusive of diverse faith perspectives.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Fee: $75 per person.

Day at MuseumLab: A Creative Track of Interactive Sessions Outside the Conference Center (Session One)

Monday, September 12, 2022
1:30 – 3:30 pm ET

In this session, which will take place at MuseumLab, participants will choose from a suite of drop-in, interactive activities that showcase different ways of partnering with community members, artists, researchers, and more.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Will be held at MuseumLab. Fee: $10 per person.

Day at MuseumLab: A Creative Track of Interactive Sessions Outside the Conference Center (Session Two)

Monday, September 12, 2022
3:30 – 5:30 pm ET

How can you infuse art and making into your work? Be inspired with creativity as you engage in hands-on, interactive activities and learn by doing at this session, which will take place off-site at MuseumLab.

Preregistration required. Limited capacity. Will be held at MuseumLab. No additional fee beyond Session One.

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