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Annual Conference

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

ASTC Connect Forum: Beyond painting science pink

How can museums create science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs that present solid science content in ways that engage girls’ interests and learning styles? In “Beyond Painting Science Pink: Creating Programs that Engage Girls in STEM,” an October 31 session at the ASTC Annual Conference, Christina Soontornvat of the Austin Children’s Museum, Texas, led a panel discussion on integrating... Read More

Passing of the baton

After four days of sessions, keynotes, demonstrations, and museum visits, the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference closed with the “passing of the baton” from retiring executive director Bonnie VanDorn to new CEO Bud Rock. Rock comes to ASTC from Arizona State University, where he served as vice president for global engagement. Prior to that, he had a... Read More

Collaborative skygazing

Galileo Galilei’s observations of night skies through a telescope helped change the perception of Earth’s role within the universe. Four hundred years later, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is celebrating by working to put telescopes into the hands of as many people around the world as possible. A team of astronomers, optical engineers, and... Read More

Sharing climate change activities

In “Engaging Museum Audiences in Climate Change Science,” a session held November 2 at the ASTC Annual Conference, Katie Levedahl of the Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York, and four of Sciencenter’s partners in ASTC’s Communicating Climate Change (C3) Project discussed preliminary results from C3’s audience research and presented several of the project’s climate change activities. Presenters... Read More