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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

Valuing our Work

By Cristin Dorgelo As we spoke with hundreds of our members in our 2018 listening process, one consistent theme came up time and time again. In these conversations, you expressed urgency in joining together through the ASTC community to make the case for the value of our field’s work to funders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.... Read More

Tool Foundry: Advancing Accessible Tools for Scientific Discovery

What if everyone had access to powerful tools for scientific learning and problem solving? Scientific discovery tools—from telescopes to magnetometers—help us answer questions and generate knowledge. But many powerful tools are too expensive or too difficult for non-experts to use. Earlier this month, Luminary Labs launched Tool Foundry to advance scientific discovery tools that anyone... Read More

Webinar—Going Mobile? Bring a COMPASS

Discover the art and science of using “Indoor GPS” and mobile phones in museums for interpretation, visitor tracking, accessibility, personalization, and more.   Click here to watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.   This webinar addressed some of the Why, How, What, and For Whom topics that arose from the presentations... Read More