Annual Conference

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

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