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Upcoming Webinar—Introducing Preschoolers to Science: What Works and What Doesn’t

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. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET   Join the Leadership Team of the... Read More

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

ISCSMD 2018 Celebrations Across the Globe

On November 10, 2018, science centers and museums around the world celebrated the third annual International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD).  From science demonstrations and special guest lectures to hands-on experiments and workshops—participating institutions offered a diverse range of learning activities throughout the day. Collectively these institutions highlighted the unique impact and reach of... 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

Q&A with Ed Yong

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Dimensions magazine. Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer for The Atlantic magazine. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, and Scientific American. He is originally from the United Kingdom but currently lives in Washington,... Read More

The Place of Soft Skills in Informal Science Learning

By Lesley Markham From Dimensions November/December 2018 Why is it important for science center and museum professionals to cultivate soft skills? What is their relevance to our work and to the wider informal science learning field? For more than a century, researchers have recognized that soft skills—critical thinking, communication, and creativity—are as valuable as technical... Read More

Dimensions, November/December 2018—Beyond STEM: 21st-century Skills

IN THIS ISSUE November/December 2018 General skills, soft skills, 21st-century skills: simple names for critical proficiencies. They include communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, curiosity, cultural competency, caring, empathy, the ability to listen, and the capacity to support and be supportive of colleagues and mentors. Whether we excel at them or are only just starting to... Read More

Praise for Soft Skills

By Cristin Dorgelo In this issue, we explore 21st-century skills,often called general skills or soft skills. To thrive in today’s workforce, and to play a part in solving the tough challenges facing society, each of us must develop and demonstrate curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, persistence, and teamwork. As science center and related industry professionals, most... Read More