Repeat Engagement for Visitors

By Emily O’Hara and Beth Krusi From ASTC Dimensions July/August 2010 As a small, regional museum drawing from a small population, the Montshire Museum of Science in rural Norwich, Vermont, attracts a high proportion of repeat visitors. About 80 percent of visitors have been to the museum before, and we average 18 individual visits per... Read More

Dimensions, May/June 2010—Variations on a Theme: Science Centers Address Biodiversity

IN THIS ISSUE May/June 2010 The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. Defined as the variety of life on Earth, biodiversity refers not only to the world’s diverse array of species, from animals to plants to micro-organisms, but also to the genetic variation within species, and the ecosystems where... Read More

Dimensions, March/April 2010—Young Minds: Reaching Youth Audiences

IN THIS ISSUE March/April 2010 According to Positive Youth Development theory, youth programs should promote positive relationships, provide safe environments, build confidence and competence through meaningful work, foster leadership opportunities, and recognize youth for their assets. Science centers incorporate all of these elements into their youth programs, while introducing youth to science careers, developing their... Read More

Dimensions, January/February 2010—Making a Difference: The Public Value of Science Centers

IN THIS ISSUE January/February 2010 Those of us working in the field believe that science centers make important contributions to individuals, communities, and nations. But how can we document and demonstrate that science centers are making a difference? This issue presents a “public value” framework and describes evidence to help centers make the case for... Read More

Maloka: Reaching People Where They Live

By Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos and Sigrid Falla From ASTC Dimensions January/February 2010 The public value of science centers is connected to the manner in which they relate to their audiences. Maloka in Bogotá, Colombia, has developed outreach programs for ethnically and socioeconomically diverse audiences nationwide. Our programs aim to reach people where they live, by... Read More