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Share Your Science Center Story

Did a science center or museum play a formative role in your life or career? How has science engagement impacted your family or your community?

Maybe it was a field trip in elementary school that convinced you to become a scientist or engineer. Maybe your children have been inspired and motivated. Maybe you’ve engaged with a science center or museum as a researcher, an educator, or a local leader. Maybe you’ve seen your local science center make a difference in your community.

Whatever it is, we want to hear your story about the impact of science centers and museums—or other organizations committed to engaging the public in science and technology.

A story of the impact of science centers from Courtney Ball at Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We encourage you to submit your #ASTC50 story, including in response to one or more of these questions:

  • Did a science center or museum—or other experience with science engagement—play a formative role in your own life or career?
  • How do science centers and museums have a positive impact on your community?
  • How will the science centers and museums of the future engage all people?

This effort is part of honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the non-profit membership organization for science centers and museums in all 50 states and in dozens of countries around the world.


Record a short video with your computer of smartphone.

Video recordings are conducted in partnership with


Upload written reflections, photos, videos, drawings, and other assets to our anniversary memento collection.

Or email resources to


Take a look at a sample of 50th Anniversary stories that have been shared with ASTC.

Jamie Bell

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.

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