Should exhibitions be the central focus of what science centers and museums do?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The central focus for science centers is serving the communities in their region. Many of the science festivals popping up in the United States are led by museums, reflecting the responsibility that science... Read More

Q&A with Nicole Lazzaro

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The Greek philosopher Plato is quoted as saying that you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. It’s a philosophy Nicole Lazzaro—president of XEODesign, Inc., the world’s first Player Experience... 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

Q&A with Brian David Johnson

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The child running around your exhibit floor may someday become a driving force for forward-thinking. That was the course for Brian David Johnson, futurist at Intel, whose job entails envisioning what’s next for science and technology. To gear up for... 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