What is your institution doing to sustain high staff morale in tough economic times?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. We make time to celebrate successes! It’s important to focus on the impact our institution has on its visitors and how each staff person contributes to this impact. Additionally, we continue to have... Read More

Q&A with Ayman Elsayed

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of Dimensions magazine. The deputy director of the Library of Alexandria’s Planetarium Science Center on global partners, local heroes, and surviving a revolution Egypt’s cultural and educational institutions were not spared the chaos in the country early this year. Looters broke into Cairo’s... Read More

Dimensions, July/Augustl 2011—Money Matters: Science Centers Thriving in Tough Times

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2011 Faced with the challenges resulting from the worldwide economic crisis, science centers and museums must work diligently and creatively to maintain financial viability. Many science centers are diversifying their income sources, both by adhering to time-tested best practices of fundraising and by pursuing new methods and opportunities. Especially in these... Read More

The State of the Science Center

By Katherine I. Goodall From Dimensions July/August 2011 There is no question that recent years have been extraordinarily challenging for those responsible for the financial well being of science centers and museums. Since the global economic downturn began in 2008, every revenue stream has been under threat. Some organizations have been forced to make huge... Read More

Great Opportunities Through Active Corporate Partnerships

By Larry Dubinski From Dimensions July/August 2011 U.S. nonprofit organizations have long benefitted from the largesse of the for-profit sector. In 2009, corporations donated more than $14 billion to U.S. charitable causes, and the corporate sector has proven especially fruitful for science centers. Many centers—including the Franklin Institute (TFI) in Philadelphia, where I oversee external... Read More

New Dimensions

ASTC is committed to helping our members worldwide achieve their goals, by equipping individual professionals with essential skills, providing member institutions with valuable information and perspectives, and linking our members to one another. With this mission in mind, we proudly launched the newly redesigned Dimensions magazine with our July/August 2011 issue. We hope you’ll find... Read More

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