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Annual Conference

Welcome to Montreal!

Over 1,600 attendees (with more to come) from around the world have gathered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference, hosted by the Montréal Science Centre. With over 100 sessions and workshops, a keynote presentation featuring a discussion on science communication with Annick Desjardin, associate professor of neurology at Duke University Medical... Read More

2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows

ASTC has chosen its 2015 Diversity & Leadership Development Fellows, including nine new Fellows and six alumni Fellows. The Fellows are museum professionals from underrepresented groups who will attend the 2015 ASTC Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to gain professional development experiences, broaden their peer network, and have the opportunity to acquire and hone... Read More

Best Practices for Social Media

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 73% of online U.S. adults now use some kind of social media, and 42% use multiple social networking sites. So how can science centers and museums best harness social media to engage audiences and advance their institutional goals? On Sunday afternoon, Lauren Frieband of... Read More

Where is the Science in a Maker Space?

The debate over the value of maker spaces continued on Monday afternoon with “Where is the Science in a Maker Space?” led by Hooley McLaughlin from the Ontario Science Centre. Building off of a similarly divisive session from ASTC 2013, presenters Lisa Brahms from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Karen Wilkinson from the Exploratorium,... Read More

Real + Virtual: New Horizons for Engagement with Nature

At the Monday morning session “Real + Virtual: New Horizons for Engagement with Nature,” participants learned about ways to use both “real” hands-on natural history specimens and “virtual” digital collections with the public. Session leader Cindy Lincoln of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), Raleigh, was joined by presenters Steve Turner, also of... Read More

Live Demo Hour—Videos

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 (who knew topology could be so much fun?) and even a stand-up science comedian. Video clips from the show can be viewed below. Thank you to all the presenters! Eddie... Read More