All posts by Mary Mathias

The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space for the Next Generation

Space exploration is changing. The shuttle program has ended, commercial companies are rapidly advancing in space flight, and rovers are some of the most recognizable “faces” for the younger generations. How do science centers present constantly evolving space science in new and interesting ways for their visitors? In Monday’s session The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space... Read More

Big Ideas for Small Science Centers

On Saturday afternoon, a large crowd gathered to discuss Big Ideas for Small Science Centers. The session was led by Michele Laverty of the National Ag Science Center, with presenters Kathy Dawes of the Palouse Discovery Science Center, Lori Ann Teriesen of Children’s Science Center, Kathleen Krafft from Sciencenter, and Christopher Cable from the Durango... Read More

Existing in Two Worlds Pecha Kucha

A packed room was engaged in Sunday afternoon’s presentation on the convergence of the virtual and physical worlds in science centers. Using the PechaKucha format (Japanese for “chit-chat”), seven presenters each presented 20 slides and spoke for 20 seconds on each, highlighting existing, new, and conceptual products that bridge the gap between technology and the... Read More

Interactive, Touch Tables, Maker Spaces: Trends, Fads, What's Next

“Science and technology centers started as a fad and an entire museum sub-field was born.” Session leader Wayne LaBar of Alchemy Studio opened a standing-room-only session with this impactful statement on Sunday afternoon. “Certain ideas run rampant like wildfire,” he continued, “while we don’t spend time reflecting on what we’re doing.” This session looked at... Read More

The 4th Paradigm: Connecting Visitors to Complex Science

Saturday afternoon, a packed session room in Albuquerque listened to a thought-provoking presentation entitled, The 4th Paradigm: Connecting Visitors to Complex Science. Session leader Stephen Uzzo of the New York Hall of Science introduced presenters Patrick Hamilton of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Catherine Cramer of the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, and Geralyn... Read More

Afterschool Programs and Science Centers Partnering To Serve Youth

ASTC recently partnered with the Afterschool Alliance to explore and promote STEM in afterschool programming. On August 8, 2013, we presented a webinar on how afterschool programs and science centers can work together. You can view the webinar in its entirety here: Are you interested in afterschool programs, but unsure how to connect with programs... Read More

Look Who's Coming to ASTC 2013!

Are you itching to know what institutions, organizations, and companies will be joining us in Albuquerque for the ASTC 2013 Annual Conference? From the nearly 1,000 individuals registered so far from over 30 countries, almost 350 organizations will be represented at this year’s conference. See the full list at Don’t see who you’re looking... Read More

ASTC Announces 2013 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award Recipients

ASTC applauds the 2013 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award recipients announced this week. Presented annually, the awards recognize extraordinary accomplishments in Business Practice, Visitor Experience, and Leadership in the Field during the last three years.The ten-member Leading Edge jury chose to honor Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York, in the Business Practice category, for A... Read More

ASTC Announces 2013 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC is pleased to announce the 2013 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups, and will attend the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference to gain professional development experiences, a broader peer network, and the opportunity to acquire and hone their leadership skills. Thirteen new and five alumni fellows were... Read More