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2019

Small Beginnings, Big Ambition: KID Museum

By Emma Sussman Starr From Dimensions March/April 2019 KID Museum is a creative learning space dedicated to empowering the next generation to invent the future with creativity and compassion. Our prototype site on the first floor of a Montgomery County, Maryland, public library is a step toward the museum’s vision of a larger, permanent home.   Founded seven... Read More

Amazonian Ideas on a Small Budget

By Renata Moretti and Ennio Candotti From Dimensions March/April 2019 The idea of setting up a museum in the greatest forest on Earth—the Amazon rainforest—brought along with it some questions: How could the visitors really engage in exploration, make the visit their own, and have a transformative experience they would take away with them? With an annual budget of... Read More

Big Contributions

By Cristin Dorgelo The history of science, technology, and innovation is filled with novel ideas, creative approaches, and impressive accomplishments generated by small teams faced with limited resources and pressing challenges.   Science museums themselves are hardly small in mission or purpose, and yet most face resource constraints common to many mission-driven institutions. Doing more with less, working smarter not harder, and prioritizing are solutions we all try to apply... Read More

Future Thinking

By Cristin Dorgelo Charting a course for the future is one of the more difficult things we are called upon to do as leaders and as individuals. The futures of our institutions, the future of our communities, and the future frontiers of science and technology are inextricably linked. As we scan those horizons and set... Read More

Q&A with DJ Patil

Interviewed by Susan Straight This interview appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Dimensions magazine. DJ is the head of technology at Devoted Health and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. During the Obama administration, he was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. chief data scientist. In that role, his... Read More

Looking Back to Look Ahead

By David A. Ucko From Dimensions January/February 2019 Science centers may seem commonplace today. However, that was not so four decades ago, when total attendance at my first ASTC conference was about 50. Reviewing the history of the field, beginning with those institutions that influenced its development, can offer perspective for considering future directions. Natural history... Read More

Dimensions Editorial Calendar

The 2019 Dimensions Editorial Calendar is now available. If you are interested in contributing a feature article to any of the issues of ASTC’s award-winning Dimensions magazine, please contact Susan Straight, managing editor, at sstraight@astc.org with your ideas by the date listed. Topics and deadlines are subject to change. We are also always looking for contributors for... Read More