Annual Conference

How green does your garden grow?

Moving from the Convention Center to the Bishop Museum, ASTC Annual Conference attendees had an opportunity to get outdoors and dig in the dirt. Held on October 4, “Involving the Community in Environmental Issues: A Hands-On Garden Workshop” led participants through a garden exploration that demonstrated how gardening outreach programs can help engage underserved local... Read More

For the greater good

To be holistically engaged in science-and-society matters of regional, national, and/or global relevance requires new approaches to mission, vision, values, and strategy. In the October 4 session, “Science and Society: Illuminating What Matters,” panelists discussed how institutions can start to transform themselves with bold new aims, and perhaps more importantly, what the consequences are of... Read More

Having the evidence

Karen Wise, vice president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California, talks about how the evidence for the profound issues of our time lies within the walls of museums like hers. This interview was recorded on October 3, immediately after an ASTC Annual Conference session, “Transforming Natural History Museums: Our Relevance... Read More

One minute, one poster

New to the annual conference this year, ASTC’s Poster Showcase featured projects that address ASTC’s strategic priorities: science and society leadership, impact and communications, professional development, and alliances and partnerships. We asked a few of the many poster session exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall to explain their work in about 60 seconds. Here’s how they did. Read More

Lively science

The Live Demonstration Hour, a perennial ASTC Annual Conference favorite, delighted its audience once again. Here are some highlights from this year’s show, held October 3: More videos are available on ASTC’s YouTube channel. Videos by Wayne MacPhail. Photos by Christine Ruffo. Read More

Empowering and inspiring youth

What makes a successful youth program? At the session “Making the Most of a Youth Development and Employment Program” at the ASTC Annual Conference on October 3, representatives from U.S. and U.K. science centers and museums described how they’re empowering youth to gain meaningful work experience, take on high levels of responsibility, increase their STEM... Read More

The challenge of just-in-time learning

On October 3, featured speaker Jon D. Miller gave a presentation entitled “The Challenge of Just-In-Time Science Learning for Museums” at the ASTC Annual Conference. Miller, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at Michigan State University, East Lansing, has pioneered the definition and measurement of scientific literacy and has researched... Read More