On Pi Day (March 14) 1973, the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) was formally established as a nonprofit membership organization.
That means 2023 is our 50th anniversary, providing an opportunity to both reflect on where we are as a field—but, more importantly, where we are going.
Join us in our anniversary celebration!
Sharing the Story of our Field
A centerpiece of the 50th anniversary celebration is collecting, synthesizing, and sharing stories of the impact of our field. We want to not only lift up the extraordinary, but the routine ways that ASTC members have an impact.
This storytelling initiative is responsive to ASTC’s new strategic framework and the call to champion public engagement with science and to promote the work of science and technology centers and museums.
We encourage you to submit your story, including in response to one or more of these questions:
- What is the biggest change in the field of science engagement you’ve seen—or helped foster—during your career?
- How will the science centers and museums of the future engage all people?
- What are the key lessons and knowledge from our field that will help others engage the public?
Or do you have a general reflection you’d like to share, such as a story about the following:
- Did a science center or a mentor figure inspire you to get involved in science engagement? How did you get started?
- How do science centers and museums have a positive and important impact on your community?
Upload written reflections, photos, videos, drawings, and other assets to our anniversary memento collection.
Take a look at a sample of 50th Anniversary stories that have been shared with ASTC.
The Fine Print. By submitting your story or memento, you give the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), its members, StoryHabitat, and authorized non-profit partners and representatives the rights and permission in perpetuity to use the Material(s) for any and all purposes related to science engagement and communication, STEM, championing science centers, museums, and the science engagement field, and communicating about ASTC and its offerings, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to print, live, or on-line publications, broadcasts, and exhibitions, including any subsequent technologies.
Further, you represent and warrant that you have the power and authority to grant the rights granted hereunder and that you own and control the copyright in the Materials. You agree to transfer intellectual property rights and copyright to ASTC for the purposes described above.
Click here for ASTC’s full materials license release.