Annual Conference

Mad Science Done Sanely

Christina Beargie, floor science manager at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, opened “Mad Science Done Sanely” with a question: “Who does demos where you blow stuff up?” About two thirds of the session’s attendees raised their hands. Beargie responded with a smile, “You are my people.” And she was right. This session around safety in science... Read More

2015 Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship Recipients

ASTC’s International Committee has selected four recipients of this year’s Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship. Named for ASTC’s first executive director, the Fellowship helps emerging professionals from outside the United States attend ASTC’s Annual Conference. The program has received significant financial support from the Gelfand family, which is supporting the creation of several science centers... Read More

A New Sustainability Fellowship for Science Center Staff

Written by Stacey Freeman Science centers and museums have the potential to help millions of visitors understand the social, environmental, and economic impacts of human behavior on creating a sustainable future. Through our Sustainability in Science Museums program, the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU) is working to bridge... Read More

Connected Science Learning: New journal to explore formal/informal science education connections

Connected Science Learning is a new online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. It features articles and other types of media describing highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK–12 STEM learning in schools and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration.... Read More

Emerging Science Centers in Africa: Learning as a field, four years after Cape Town

In the extended Sunday morning session “Emerging Science Centers in Africa: Learning as a field, four years after Cape Town,” Ronen Mir of Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, led an international panel that explored the future of science centers in Africa and how the field has expanded in recent years. In 2011,... Read More

Live Demo Hour

The Live Demo Hour, an ASTC Conference perennial favorite, wowed and entertained the crowd again this year with demonstrations of a range of scientific principles (and a little liquid nitrogen and a LOT of ping pong balls). Check out the photos, or view the video clips below. Thank you to all the presenters! Eddie Goldstein,... Read More