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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

Dimensions, September/October 2009—Taking a Stand: Science Centers and Issues Advocacy

IN THIS ISSUE September/October 2009 Climate change, genetic modification of foods, stem cell research, nanotechnology, ocean resource management, alternative energy production—these are just a few of the fields of current scientific and technical endeavor that directly impact human lives. In all of them, choices made by scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and government officials both spark public... Read More

Dimensions, July/August 2009—In Any Language: Serving Multilingual Communities

IN THIS ISSUE July/August 2009 As science centers and museums welcome increasingly diverse audiences, many of them are working to accommodate the linguistic needs of their visitors and to foster a sense of ownership and belonging. Immigrants, indigenous populations, and visitors who are Deaf bring a variety of languages with them to science centers around... Read More