What steps has your institution taken to maximize its relevance to its community?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the July/August 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine.   Chabot Space & Science Center has proudly become the local source for environmental science education. Our newest exhibition, Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, increases climate literacy through engaging, solutions-based activities. Chabot’s 50,000+ school field... Read More

Q&A with Michael Specter

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The science writer and ASTC 2011 speaker on denialism, vaccine phobia, and why organic food won’t save the world In the face of today’s massive organic movement, Michael Specter lauds synthetic drugs and genetically modified foods. Specter, staff writer at... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2011—A Class Act: Science Centers and Teachers

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2011 Many science centers are deeply involved in providing professional development and support to teachers; in fact, 84 percent of ASTC’s science center and museum members offer teacher workshops or institutes. With their emphasis on active, inquiry-based learning and real-life experiences, science centers can help teachers deepen their own understandings of... Read More

Communities of Knowledge and Practice

As an association, ASTC places a high priority on providing quality professional development services to its members—from online training programs and publications, to networking and consulting, to an annual conference that serves to inform, educate, and inspire. The ASTC leadership and field development committee has been busy assisting the association to establish and implement a... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2011—Building Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2011 Nations around the world recognize that to be competitive in the global economy and to address a variety of societal issues, they must cultivate a strong and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. In September 2010, the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology proposed a... Read More

Why So Few? Barriers to Women’s Participation in STEM, and How Science Centers Can Help

By Andresse St. Rose From ASTC Dimensions March/April 2011 Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are critical to the economies of the United States and nations around the world. Therefore, expanding and developing the STEM workforce is a crucial issue for governments, industry leaders, and educators. For example, although women and girls in the United... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2011—Opening Doors and Extending Our Reach

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2011 Science centers and museums are increasingly making the commitment to bring science to all people. Yet there are many reasons why some members of our communities do not typically visit us. In this issue, we look at the many creative ways science centers are overcoming barriers—including cost, location, lack of... Read More

Responsive and Accessible: How Museums Are Using Research to Better Engage Diverse Cultural Communities

By Cecilia Garibay From ASTC Dimensions January/February 2011 In recent decades, we’ve learned about visitors at science centers and museums and how their experiences can positively impact science learning (National Research Council, 2009). Excepting Hood’s work (1981) on non–museum goers, however, little attention has been paid to those who do not typically visit museums. Only... Read More