All posts by Christine Ruffo

Lively science

The Live Demonstration Hour, a perennial ASTC Annual Conference favorite, delighted its audience once again. Here are some highlights from this year’s show, held October 3: More videos are available on ASTC’s YouTube channel. Videos by Wayne MacPhail. Photos by Christine Ruffo. Read More

The challenge of just-in-time learning

On October 3, featured speaker Jon D. Miller gave a presentation entitled “The Challenge of Just-In-Time Science Learning for Museums” at the ASTC Annual Conference. Miller, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at Michigan State University, East Lansing, has pioneered the definition and measurement of scientific literacy and has researched... Read More

Wowing them with science

On October 2, attendees at the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference learned first-hand today how a discrepant event—any event where the outcome is unexpected—can incite curiosity and an intrisic motivation to explore. In “Wow, I Didn’t Expect That! Powerful Lessons for Teaching Science,” session leaders demonstrated activities where unexpected results can spark questions from visitors and... Read More

Aloha, ASTC 2010!

Attendees are arriving in Honolulu, and the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference will soon be underway. The theme of ASTC 2010, Ho‘okele–To Navigate: Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons, encourages science center professionals to look to new horizons through the wayfinding vision of the ASTC strategy adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2008: “Proactively address... Read More

President Obama applauds ASTC’s Youth Inspired Challenge

Today, in a White House event, President Obama endorsed the role of science centers and museums in helping today’s youth excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A formal White House announcement on this topic specifically applauded the ASTC-led Youth Inspired Challenge, a major new initiative designed to expand the impact... Read More

What's new at ASTC 2010?

Each year, the ASTC Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall provide science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field’s leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities. This year’s conference will offer... Read More