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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

Stargazing

Science centers around the world are encouraging people to look to the skies as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). Through a partnership with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), ASTC is promoting two cornerstone IYA2009 projects: Dark Skies Awareness and night-sky observing with a newly released high-quality, low-cost telescope named the... Read More

President Obama signs stimulus package at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

On February 17, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado. The museum, powered in part by 465 solar panels on its roof, was chosen as the event site to highlight the administration’s goal of creating new green jobs and opportunities. In his... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2009—Connecting with the Community: Science Centers and Their Core Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2009 Science centers serve a variety of core audiences, from visitors to volunteers to Internet users. But who are these audiences and what kinds of experiences are they looking for? A recent Reach Advisors–ASTC survey identified mothers of young children as one of the largest science center audiences, and men over... Read More

Museums boost science learning, new report finds

Today, the (U.S.) National Research Council (NRC) released a highly anticipated report on learning in informal settings. According to the NRC, “tens of millions of Americans, young and old, choose to learn about science in informal ways – by visiting museums and aquariums, attending after-school programs, pursuing personal hobbies, and watching TV documentaries, for example. There... Read More