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Dimensions, September/October 2013—Shaping Perceptions of Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2013 When people look at science centers, what do they see? How can science centers shape those perceptions in a positive direction? In this issue of Dimensions, we examine how important audiences and stakeholders—including government officials, people from minority backgrounds, teachers, donors, and general adult audiences—perceive science centers. In addition, this... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2013—Developing the Science Center Workforce

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2013 This issue of Dimensions looks at the science center and museum workforce and professional development through a broad lens. What are effective ways to hone the skills and expertise of individual staff members, build capacity and cohesion across an institution, and professionalize our broader field? How we can we recruit... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2013—Personalizing the Visitor Experience

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2013 Free-choice learning is the hallmark of science centers and interactive museums. But many institutions are taking this idea a step further by exploring strategies for personalizing the visitor experience—before, during, or after the visit. Some approaches are high tech, like compiling a visitor’s on-site experiences onto a personalized webpage. Others... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2013—Exploring New Worlds: Digital Media, Gaming, and Learning

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2013 Digital media is increasingly present in our daily lives, as well as on the floor of the science center. In this issue, we look at how informal educators and designers are using digital media and gaming to create compelling, interactive learning experiences. Whether by tackling science-based challenges on a mobile... Read More

Dimensions, September/October 2012—Sparking Innovations, Showcasing Innovators

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2012 Rapid innovations are continually impacting society and our daily lives. Science centers have an important role to play as a link between innovators and the public, a guide that helps communities navigate a constantly changing world, and a safe place for visitors to unleash their own creativity and imagination. In... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2012—On the Horizon: Current and Future Trends in the Science Center Field

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2012 As a key part of our commitment to our members, ASTC is dedicated to providing vision and direction by anticipating trends and helping our member institutions to prepare for new opportunities and challenges. In this issue, we look at a selection of current and future trends that shape and influence... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2012—On Screen, On Air, Online: Science Centers and Media

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2012 The field of media is rapidly changing along with new technologies and ever-evolving audience expectations. Many science centers and museums are at the forefront of these changes, whether they are partnering with local public broadcasting stations or producing their own media offerings in house. In this issue, we examine how... Read More