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2019 ASTC Intensives: Dive Deeply into Morning, Afternoon, and All-Day Workshops

Plunge into these immersive ASTC Intensive workshops on Friday, September 20, before the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference officially begins on Saturday.     ASTC Intensives are a chance for conference attendees to participate in focused learning experiences on a single topic, as well as to connect and network with peers with similar occupational and topical interests. Imagined,... Read More

Upcoming Webinar—LGBT+STEM: Getting in the Mindset

Get ready for the upcoming international LGBTSTEM Day on July 5, celebrating LGBTQ+ people in science, technology, engineering and math!   The ASTC Advocates for Diversity Community of Practice is hosting a webinar that highlights ways in which science centers and museums are committed to establishing an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community.    ... Read More

Nominations for the 2019 Leading Edge Awards close May 31

Nominate an institution, a colleague, or yourself for a 2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award by May 31. This globally prestigious honor recognizes extraordinary achievement in science center and museum leadership, exhibitions, programs, marketing, fundraising, operations, visitor services, and more. Now in their 15th year, the awards commemorate the late Roy L. Shafer, a... Read More

Geometric Bubble Events Pop Up Across the U.S.

Have you ever seen bubbles like these? On Saturday, May 4, 2019, ASTC-member organizations across the U.S. hosted Geometric Bubble Events as part of the 2019 National Math Festival held in Washington, D.C. This coast-to-coast celebration focused on math and its relationship to our daily lives.  Using bubble kits provided by Zometool, participating science centers and museums... Read More

Q&A with Nicole Small

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine. Nicole Small, the former chief executive officer of Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science, is now president of the Lyda Hill Philanthropies, a Dallas-based foundation devoted to advancements in nature and science. Small’s most recent achievement with Lyda Hill... Read More

Measuring Total Impact

By John W. Jacobsen Excerpted from Dimensions May/June 2019 A museum aspires to impact its community, audiences, and supporters. In turn, the community, audiences, and supporters receive benefits from the museum. Impacts are the effects desired by the museum; benefits are what matter to the beneficiaries. The distinction is important. Both are end results, or... Read More

Honoring Leonardo da Vinci

The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is breathing new life into some of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest ideas in honor of the 500th anniversary of his death (it is believed that da Vinci died of a stroke on May 2, 1519). The Science Center is offering special, themed activities the weekend of May 3-5, in addition... Read More