ASTC 2022: What's Next

Wednesday Keynote

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

“When You Wonder, You’re Learning”

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
8:30 am ET

It wouldn’t be trip to Pittsburgh without taking some time to learn from the legacy of Fred Rogers of the beloved television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Join the authors of When You Wonder, You’re Learning, Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, as they discuss how Fred Rogers’ inspiring lessons about curiosity, creativity, and collaboration—to name just a few—are celebrated in the work that science and technology centers, museums, and science engagement professionals everywhere do every day to help people wonder, learn, and create. During the final keynote, we will also highlight the work of our field over the past three years by announcing winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards that recognize some of the incredible work of ASTC members. 


Gregg Behr

Gregg Behr (@greggbehr), executive director of The Grable Foundation, is a father and children’s advocate whose work has drawn comparisons to his hero, Fred Rogers. For more than 15 years, he has helped lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, scientists, artists, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. Formed in Rogers’ real-life neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning has turned heads everywhere from Forbes to the World Economic Forum for its efforts to ignite children’s curiosity, encourage creativity, and foster belonging in schools, libraries, museums, and more. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Duke University, Gregg holds honorary degrees from Carlow University and Saint Vincent College. He’s an advisor to The Brookings Institution and The Fred Rogers Center, and has been honored by President Obama, the Disruptor Foundation, and AASA as an innovator and thought leader.

Ryan Rydzewski

Ryan Rydzewski (@RyanRydzewski) is an award-winning author and speaker. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he taught elementary school in south Louisiana before earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Chatham University. As a science and education reporter, his magazine stories focus on everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and he regularly leads workshops for educators, parents, and neighbors. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ryan lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Jacqueline, and their son, Russell.

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