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Creating Our Future

By John Swanson From ASTC Dimensions May/June 2009 The National Weather Service said, “We anticipate flood cresting at 24 1/2 feet.” That’s what was going through my head as I studied the flood wall, built for a 24-foot crest, and the Cedar River beyond. That flood wall stood just 50 feet from the back wall... Read More

How green does your garden grow?

Science centers regularly incorporate sustainable practices into their operations, educational programs, and exhibits. This week, the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, is planting a BayScapes Garden on its front lawn, making landscaping and maintenance a greener process while at the same time creating a new outdoor exhibit that visitors can explore. The garden, developed in... Read More

Communicating science to public audiences

Join an ASTC Connect discussion, May 11-15, sixth in a series on the theme of strengthening relationships among science museums, research scientists, and engineers. Pacific Science Center (PSC) staff will facilitate, building on experience gained from Portal to the Public, an NSF-funded project of PSC, Albuquerque’s Explora, the North Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the... Read More

Science centers as news centers

Science centers regularly provide their communities with science news and promote dialogue on current science issues. As concerns over the H1N1 virus continue to grow, ASTC members are serving as places where visitors can learn more about the virus and share information with others, both on-site and online. Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee, and the... Read More

Ten ASTC members receive grants for preschool programs

On April 21, the PNC Foundation announced Grow Up Great with Science, a new initiative to foster a foundation in science for preschoolers. The foundation has awarded grants to 14 mid-Atlantic science centers and nonprofit organizations, including 10 ASTC members. The grants will fund professional development for local preschool teachers and free science center visits for... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2009—Living Well: Science Centers and Public Health

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2009 The Toronto Declaration, adopted in June 2008 by the Fifth Science Centre World Congress, established public health as a priority for science centers, citing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for child and maternal health and disease prevention. In this issue, we explore the efforts of science centers worldwide to... Read More

Small world

NanoDays 2009, the second annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, kicked off on March 28. Organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), the festival will continue through April 5 with over 200 science museums, research centers, and universities across the United States taking part. NanoDays activities are... Read More