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Annual Conference

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

All smiles

On November 1, ASTC Annual Conference attendees had the opportunity take the new Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE) digital library for a spin. During an interactive workshop entitled “SMILE: Creating Community Around Digital Collections in Science Centers,” participants, each on his or her own laptop, learned how to create a SMILE account and... Read More

Science treads the boards

One presenter traveled across 7,000 miles and 2,250 years to be at the ASTC Annual Conference. The November 1 session “Lights Up on Science: Rich Learning Experiences Through Live Theater” began with a performance of Eratosthenes’ Shadow, an original play created at Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in which an actor portraying Eratosthenes, the chief librarian... Read More

The business case for culturally competent institutions

Most science centers have made a philosophical commitment to embracing and supporting diverse staff and audiences. However, moving from commitment to implementation requires resources and a long-term commitment to efforts that key decision-makers may not see as directly improving the bottom line. In “The Business Case for Culturally Competent Institutions,” an October 31 session at the... Read More