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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

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 watch this archived webinar in ASTC’s Professional Development Video Library.   This webinar from November 9, 2018, features four programs that you... Read More

Remembering Vic Danilov

ASTC is saddened by the loss of Vic Danilov, a founding member of ASTC in 1973. Below this inadequate memorial are recollections from some of his colleagues, Jim Backstrom and David Ucko. Victor J. Danilov, who passed away in July at age 93, dedicated much of his life to the science museum field, perhaps most... 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

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

Post-event registrations are now being accepted. To receive exclusive access to these webinars’ recordings and resource materials, contact ASTC’s Wendy Hancock.     This series was 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 piece of your strategy... 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) were due on Monday, November 19. If you are interested in learning more about the CCLI experience and institutional benefits, please watch this recorded webinar. You’ll... Read More