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Q&A with DJ Patil

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine. DJ is the head of technology at Devoted Health and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. During the Obama administration, he was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. chief data scientist. In that role, his... Read More

Looking Back to Look Ahead

By David A. Ucko From Dimensions January/February 2019 Science centers may seem commonplace today. However, that was not so four decades ago, when total attendance at my first ASTC conference was about 50. Reviewing the history of the field, beginning with those institutions that influenced its development, can offer perspective for considering future directions. Natural history... Read More

ASTC Members Respond to Partial Shutdown of U.S. Federal Government

About 800,000 Americans are now furloughed from their jobs working for the Federal government, and several science centers and museums have implemented free-admission programs and events to help government workers and the families maintain access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities. With community members in nearly every U.S. city facing paycheck losses,... Read More

Dimensions Editorial Calendar

The 2019 Dimensions Editorial Calendar is now available. If you are interested in contributing a feature article to any of the issues of ASTC’s award-winning Dimensions magazine, please contact Susan Straight, managing editor, at sstraight@astc.org with your ideas by the date listed. Topics and deadlines are subject to change. We are also always looking for contributors for... Read More

Season’s Greetings

  Wishing you a joyous holiday season and all our best wishes for 2019! with gratitude from your team at the Association of Science-Technology Centers   1 – Lesley Markham, 2 – Nina Humes, 3 – Todd Happer, 4 – Wendy Hancock,  5 – Walter Staveloz, 6 – Melissa Ballard, 7 – Ann Hernandez, 8 – Korie Twiggs, 9 – Rachel Diamond, 10 – Cristin Dorgelo, 11 – Michelle Kenner, 12 – Jamie... Read More

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 watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.   Questions? Contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.   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