Annual Conference

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

Engineering Innovation in After-School Programs

In a Saturday afternoon, hands-on session, Engineering Innovation in After-School Programs, presenters demonstrated several successful approaches for engaging school-age audiences in STEM learning. Participants built cardboard crawlers, simple gearbox and motor robots that are inexpensive enough to solo kids to take home their creations, and tested their programming skills building kaleidoscope machines using Arduino boards.... Read More

ASTC recognizes award winners

During the first annual Leadership and Awards Luncheon (sponsored by Blackbaud) on October 19, ASTC presented its Fellow Award, the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, and a special resolution from the Association’s Board of Directors, recognizing an individual for lifetime achievement and significant contributions to the public understanding of science. The annual Roy L.... Read More

NCSE Executive Director Eugenie Scott opens ASTC 2013

ASTC’s 2013 Annual Conference officially began Saturday, October 19. The executive directors of the three host institutions—Jim Walther, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History; Joe Hastings, Explora; and Charlie Walter, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, greeted attendees and shared that this first-ever collaboration among three museums to host ASTC’s conference promised... Read More

Standard Practice

On Saturday, October 19, a standing-room-only crowd gathered at ASTC 2013 to discuss a topic that will impact both formal and informal science educators around the United States: the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The interactive session, entitled, “PD, NGSS, Science Centers, and Schools . . . Oh My!”, was led by Sharon Kortman,... Read More