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Transforming Science Education

On June 10, the Carnegie Corporation of New York—Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Commission on Mathematics and Science Education kicked-off a national mobilization to achieve much higher levels of math and science learning with the release of its report, The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy. The report... Read More

Science Sets Sail

After three years of planning, Around the Americas, an ocean voyage organized by Pacific Science Center, Seattle, and Sailors for the Sea, is underway. On May 31, Ocean Watch, the project’s scientifically equipped sailboat, launched from Seattle to begin its 24,000-mile circumnavigation of the North and South American continents. During the 13-month journey, the boat... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2009—Rapid Response: Agility and Innovation in Challenging Times

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2009 In a rapidly changing world, science centers must be agile and ready to innovate even in the most challenging times. In fact, demanding circumstances can be the catalysts that inspire centers to serve their communities in new ways while preserving a consistent vision. In this issue, we look at instances... Read More

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