Science Centers and Museums Can Play Life-Saving Role During COVID-19

The American Red Cross needs the help of U.S. science centers and museums. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact communities across the United States, the Red Cross mission—to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies—continues with a deepened resolve. One example of essential emergency response is to remain steadfast in providing …

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ASTC’s Statement on the U.S. President’s 2020 Budget Proposal

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.   Although we await the eventual release of details, the broad outlines of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal made public today are acutely troubling for America’s scientific enterprise and …

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U.S. Congress Again Saves, Increases Museum Funding

“The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) commends the U.S. Congress for completing work on the Federal budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and for continuing to support science; research; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This bipartisan effort to resolve Fiscal Year 2019 funding is particularly welcome as the science community works to recover …

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United States Releases New Federal STEM Education 5-year Strategic Plan

Earlier today the U.S. National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) released the new U.S. Federal STEM Education 5-year Strategic Plan. Click here to download your copy. This new strategic plan lays out the topline vision of “a future where all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United …

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ASTC, Members Join “We Are Still In” U.S. Climate Action Movement

ASTC is proud to be part of the ever-growing We Are Still In coalition supporting climate action, an alliance of U.S. cultural institutions, businesses and investors, cities and counties, colleges and universities, faith groups, health care organizations, states, tribes, and other non-federal actors. We Are Still In, at nearly 3,600 signatories, demonstrates America’s enduring commitment …

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ASTC Staff’s Commitment to Embrace and Prioritize Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity

During this period of strategic change for our membership association, ASTC has prioritized expanding the scope and impact of our shared diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity efforts. All members of our staff and board are active in this process, and the following is an update on our journey. I invite you to follow along through …

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Our Boards in Action: Linda Conlon and Guy Labine

Interviewed by Todd Happer This interview appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. At the 2017 ASTC Annual Conference, Guy Labine, CEO of Science North in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, will take the reins as ASTC’s Board chair from Linda Conlon, CEO of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United …

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Sustainable Development Goals and Achieving Gender Equality

During International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on November 10, a new Girls: STEM-SDG Marathon will highlight how women and girls are using science to help achieve the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the course of the day—across 30 global time zones—the marathon will showcase interviews with these amazing people who are working …

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Science and Museum Programs Advance in U.S. Senate

On Thursday, September 7, the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee voted for funding bills that advance many science and museum programs for the 2018 fiscal year that begins on October 1, rejecting the Administration’s proposals for drastic cuts and eliminations. While this is just one step in a complex, ongoing process supported by the advocacy efforts of …

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Workshops—Tinkering: The Series

More adventurous than the latest Hollywood superhero movie franchise and more exciting than a PowerPoint presentation on the theory and philosophy underlying the facilitation of making experiences, ASTC announces: The Tinkering Workshops, a series of in-depth gatherings designed by members of the ASTC Making & Tinkering Spaces in Museums Community of Practice (CoP). The Series …

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Raising an Army for Science Centers and Museums

I’ve been watching The Last Kingdom, a historical fiction series set around the time of Alfred the Great and the formation of a unified English kingdom in response to invasions by the Vikings. It’s hard, sometimes, to just watch a series like this without running to the internet to look stuff up. Where was the kingdom …

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Dimensions, May/June 2017—Building Your Business Model

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2017 Science centers and museums touch lives, spread awe and wonder, and inspire scientists and science enthusiasts of the future. But they can do none of these things without a solid, sustainable business model. Science centers’ business models are as diverse as the communities and nations in which they reside, with …

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ASTC on Air with Athanasios Kontonikolaou

Another edition of ASTC On Air was streamed live on Friday, February 24. We talked with Athanasios Kontonikolaou, general director of NOESIS—The Science Center and Technology Museum of Thessaloniki in Greece, about why and how his institution launched a program serving refugees in his city, which has seen a massive influx of new people during the …

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16 Boston Institutions Trade Instagrams

Instagram followers of some of the ASTC-member institutions in the Boston area noticed something slightly different on Thursday, December 1, when 16 cultural organizations took over one another’s Instagram accounts during a regional #MuseumInstaSwap. Modeled on similar events in London, New York, and Los Angeles, planners hoped to make connections among institutions; show off the region’s …

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