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Science Museum of Minnesota Is Still In

By Pat Hamilton From Dimensions November/December 2018 Something momentous happened on December 12, 2015. After years of negotiations, 197 nations came together in Paris and agreed by voice acclamation to the world’s first binding commitments to fighting climate change. Then something alarming happened on June 1, 2017. President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2018—Beyond STEM: 21st-century Skills

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2018 General skills, soft skills, 21st-century skills: simple names for critical proficiencies. They include communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, curiosity, cultural competency, caring, empathy, the ability to listen, and the capacity to support and be supportive of colleagues and mentors. Whether we excel at them or are only just starting to... Read More

Access Isn’t Enough

By the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education’s Broadening Participation Task Force From Dimensions September/October 2018 There is widespread agreement about the urgent need to broaden the diversity of people who participate in, contribute to, and benefit from science, technology, engineering, and math—the disciplines collectively known as STEM. Nondominant populations in the United... Read More

One Planet: Building a Better World

By Maarten Okkersen From Dimensions July/August 2018 One Planet at the Museon, Netherlands’ premier museum for science and culture in The Hague, is a new, action-oriented exhibition that shows real solutions for solving the great global issues currently facing humankind. The exhibition fulfills the Museon’s role, as an official partner of the United Nations, to... Read More

Math is Sexy!

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is the only museum in the United States focused solely on math. Its mission is to change public perceptions of mathematics by providing engaging, hands-on, exploratory experiences for visitors of all ages. A common misperception is that MoMath is a children’s museum, and it has long been an audience... Read More

Science Rocks!

Harmonious Harbor-mates Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is in an enviable position. Situated overlooking North Coast Harbor and Lake Erie, the museum is also next door to what is arguably Cleveland’s most recognizable landmark, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Both museums opened within a year of each other in the... Read More

Risky Business

By Charlie Trautmann and Dean Briere From Dimensions May/June 2018 Ask a dozen people what “risk” means, and you’re likely to get two dozen answers, or maybe three. That’s because risk, a concept brought into the English language from the French some 400 years ago, is so multifaceted. Why is risk important? It’s because how... Read More

Risk and Reward

By Cristin Dorgelo In this May/June issue of Dimensions, we take a close look at the challenging topic of “risk,” a concept that manifests in all aspects of our lives. As individuals, we regularly face financial, personal, professional, and social risks. As leaders, we seek to manage, share, and distribute risk, while at the same... Read More

The Royal Wedding at The Rangos Giant Cinema

  The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh is the city’s most technologically advanced motion picture experience, boasting a 70-foot Certified Giant Screen, crystal-clear images through a 4K laser digital projection system, brilliant colors, and rich Dolby Atmos surround sound. Chad Hunter, Director of The Rangos Giant Cinema, and Tamra Birchfield, Director... Read More