Annual Conference

The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space for the Next Generation

Space exploration is changing. The shuttle program has ended, commercial companies are rapidly advancing in space flight, and rovers are some of the most recognizable “faces” for the younger generations. How do science centers present constantly evolving space science in new and interesting ways for their visitors? In Monday’s session The Final Frontier? Interpreting Space... Read More

Big Ideas for Small Science Centers

On Saturday afternoon, a large crowd gathered to discuss Big Ideas for Small Science Centers. The session was led by Michele Laverty of the National Ag Science Center, with presenters Kathy Dawes of the Palouse Discovery Science Center, Lori Ann Teriesen of Children’s Science Center, Kathleen Krafft from Sciencenter, and Christopher Cable from the Durango... Read More

Existing in Two Worlds Pecha Kucha

A packed room was engaged in Sunday afternoon’s presentation on the convergence of the virtual and physical worlds in science centers. Using the PechaKucha format (Japanese for “chit-chat”), seven presenters each presented 20 slides and spoke for 20 seconds on each, highlighting existing, new, and conceptual products that bridge the gap between technology and the... Read More

Interactive, Touch Tables, Maker Spaces: Trends, Fads, What's Next

“Science and technology centers started as a fad and an entire museum sub-field was born.” Session leader Wayne LaBar of Alchemy Studio opened a standing-room-only session with this impactful statement on Sunday afternoon. “Certain ideas run rampant like wildfire,” he continued, “while we don’t spend time reflecting on what we’re doing.” This session looked at... Read More

Meet the McGrath Fellows

ASTC’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship aims to help individuals from science centers and museums outside the United States to attend the ASTC Annual Conference, in the hope that this experience will help them in the development of their institutions and the growth of the field worldwide. The Fellowship is named for ASTC’s first executive... Read More

The 4th Paradigm: Connecting Visitors to Complex Science

Saturday afternoon, a packed session room in Albuquerque listened to a thought-provoking presentation entitled, The 4th Paradigm: Connecting Visitors to Complex Science. Session leader Stephen Uzzo of the New York Hall of Science introduced presenters Patrick Hamilton of the Science Museum of Minnesota, Catherine Cramer of the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, and Geralyn... Read More