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ASTC 2019: Call for Proposals Open; Proposal Webinar Is Dec. 5

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference in Toronto, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre September 21–24, 2019. The conference theme, “Moonshots: Rendezvous with the Future,” is a springboard for sessions, poster presentations, and preconference ASTC Intensive workshops that advance the science center field, inspired by moonshots—those ambitious, yet... Read More

Science Museum of Minnesota Is Still In

By Pat Hamilton From Dimensions November/December 2018 Something momentous happened on December 12, 2015. After years of negotiations, 197 nations came together in Paris and agreed by voice acclamation to the world’s first binding commitments to fighting climate change. Then something alarming happened on June 1, 2017. President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the... Read More

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... Read More

Upcoming Webinar—Join a New Early Childhood Nutrition and STEM Collaborative

Led by GrowingGreat, early childhood educators have joined forces and are reinventing STEM programs to address the lack of access to fresh produce and green space for under-resourced families.   Click here to register for this webinar. Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock. Friday, November 9, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET   This webinar features four programs that... Read More

Spooktacular Science

Jeepers creepers! There are plenty of tricks (and treats!) awaiting visitors at science centers and museums this Halloween season—from ghostly dry-ice bubbles that bounce in the night to ghastly pumpkins that ooze and explode. Here are just a few of the most spooktacular science events you can find at ASTC-member organizations between now and October... Read More

Upcoming Webinars—Key Ingredient: Recruiting, Training, and Nurturing Volunteers for Research and Evaluation

Click here to register for this two-webinar series. Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.   Thursday, November 8, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET Thursday, November 15, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET   This series is presented by ASTC and the Visitor Studies Association (VSA).   Enlisting volunteers to help tackle a project is rarely a straightforward process, but it’s a critical... Read More

Webinar—Applying for the Cultural Competence Learning Institute

Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.     Applications for participating in the next cohort of the Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI) are due on Monday, November 19. If you are interested in learning more about the CCLI experience and institutional benefits—and how to develop your strongest application—please... Read More

General Plenary Session Keynote with Kumar Garg

During the General Plenary Session at the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Kumar Garg, Senior Director for Technology and Society at Schmidt Futures, explored what happens at the intersection of education, technology, and equity. Garg’s current portfolio includes four core areas of work: promoting the positive digital transformation of society by investing in... Read More