All posts by Mary Mathias

2015 Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship Recipients

ASTC’s International Committee has selected four recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers... Read More

A New Sustainability Fellowship for Science Center Staff

Written by Stacey Freeman Science centers and museums have the potential to help millions of visitors understand the social, environmental, and economic impacts of human behavior on creating a sustainable future. Through our Sustainability in Science Museums program, the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU) is working to bridge... Read More

Connected Science Learning: New journal to explore formal/informal science education connections

Connected Science Learning is a new online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. It features articles and other types of media describing highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration.... Read More

Creating the Lifelong Learning Destination: Adult learners in ISE settings

Preeti Gupta, director of youth learning and research at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York City, moderated the very informative session “Creating the Lifelong Learning Destination: Adult learners in ISE settings” on Saturday afternoon. She started the session by posing the deceptively simple question, “Why do adult learning?” A 2009 study found... Read More

Providing Low Cost Access to Our Centers: Truly serving the underserved in our communities

Generosity doesn’t always require money. Science centers and museums are generous every day with ideas, facilities, knowledge, and gathering the community. Can this definition of generosity be what our institutions aspire to? This was the question posed by Catherine Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Alex Zwissler, former executive... Read More

Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes

Written by Lesley Markham Three interesting and different perspectives were offered on the role of the modern planetarium during the session, “Whither the Planetarium: Various futures for digital domes” on Saturday, October 17. Should they primarily provide astronomy shows, or should we embrace the wider use of digital materials, allowing broader content? Mike Shanahan from... Read More

Leading From Every Level

Written by Lesley Markham Members of ASTC’s Leadership and Field Development (LFD) Committee hosted a panel to help the 60+ participants think about their careers and the careers of those for whom they have responsibility in their institutions. The panelists shared their own career paths and demonstrated with great humor how they each got to... Read More

NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM Poster Session

Written by Sean Smith The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a regular ASTC Annual Conference participant on a variety of levels – offered a look at “NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM” during an Exhibit Hall poster session this morning. Presenters included Mary Frances Sladek, director, STEM education and accountability... Read More