November 2: Science Identity for Learners in Informal Environments

Join Johnny Fraser of the Institute of Learning Innovation and other researchers for this online discussion in the CAISE Forum, November 2-6. The discussion will build on results of a recent survey about “science identity”—how learners view themselves with respect to science and become comfortable with, knowledgeable about, or interested in science. “Identity” was one... Read More

Where Art Meets Science

On September 17, the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, unveiled a new permanent sculpture by world-renowned artist Maya Lin. The sculpture is one component of Lin’s last memorial, “What is Missing?”—a multi-sited, multimedia artwork dedicated to raising awareness about the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Rethinking the traditional stationary monument, “What is... Read More

The Art of Science: Creating a Better Future/El Arte de la Ciencia: Hacia un Futuro Mejor

In just three short months, science center professionals from around the world will gather in Fort Worth, Texas to explore “The Art of Science” at the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference. Attendees will help further advance ASTC’s new Strategic Direction of making science centers valuable and essential partners in addressing key local, national, and global societal... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2009—In Any Language: Serving Multilingual Communities

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2009 As science centers and museums welcome increasingly diverse audiences, many of them are working to accommodate the linguistic needs of their visitors and to foster a sense of ownership and belonging. Immigrants, indigenous populations, and visitors who are Deaf bring a variety of languages with them to science centers around... Read More

In Other Words: Developing Bilingual Exhibitions

By Carlos Plaza From ASTC Dimensions July/August 2009 Over the course of 10 years, the exhibit team at the Miami Science Museum, Florida, has developed general guidelines and strategies for writing and designing bilingual exhibitions. These guidelines result from our experience producing Spanish-language interpretation for more than 40 bilingual exhibitions, and from much trial and... Read More

To the moon…and beyond?

Science museums across the United States joined the Newseum, Washington, D.C., in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A panel discussion, simulcast to six ASTC member institutions and moderated by journalist Nick Clooney, featured lunar module pilots Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Charlie Duke (Apollo 16); John Grunsfeld, mission specialist during a recent... Read More