Annual Conference

Partnerships for public engagement

Science centers are ideally positioned to help scientists communicate and engage in dialogue with the public, according to Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science. Leshner presented a special session entitled “Scientists and Science Centers: A Great ‘Glocal’ Partnership Opportunity” at the ASTC Annual... Read More

Wowing them with science

On October 2, attendees at the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference learned first-hand today how a discrepant event—any event where the outcome is unexpected—can incite curiosity and an intrisic motivation to explore. In “Wow, I Didn’t Expect That! Powerful Lessons for Teaching Science,” session leaders demonstrated activities where unexpected results can spark questions from visitors and... Read More

Smiling anew

One year ago, at the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, attendees had the opportunity to experience the beta version of, an online collection of hands-on science and math activities developed by educators. Now, after incorporating user feedback from the ASTC 2009 session, the team will unveil the final web site... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Nearly 50 science center and museum professionals, climate scientists, and educators spent Friday, October 1, on the grounds of the Bishop Museum, exploring new and exciting strategies, techniques, and tools for communicating climate change as part of the “Showcasing Innovation in Climate Change Programming: Spherical Display Systems and the C3 Project” workshop. Participants heard from NOAA... Read More

Aloha, ASTC 2010!

Attendees are arriving in Honolulu, and the 2010 ASTC Annual Conference will soon be underway. The theme of ASTC 2010, Ho‘okele–To Navigate: Science Centers as Wayfinders to New Horizons, encourages science center professionals to look to new horizons through the wayfinding vision of the ASTC strategy adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2008: “Proactively address... Read More

What's new at ASTC 2010?

Each year, the ASTC Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall provide science center professionals from across the globe with an intimate forum to exchange ideas and discuss the field’s leading issues. With over 100 conference sessions, participants are challenged to explore ways of making science centers more essential to their communities. This year’s conference will offer... Read More