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What misconceptions about science centers and museums do you wish you could correct?

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. The biggest misconception about science centers that I would like to correct is the idea that a science center is a place for children only. Many people associate interactivity with “for children.” Many adults see the interaction with an exhibit as playing and... Read More

Q&A with Anthony Leiserowitz: Climate Change and the Current Political Climate

Interviewed by Andrea Appleton This interview appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Dimensions magazine. The evidence is conclusive: the planet is warming and humans are to blame. But there are still those, some in powerful positions, who don’t believe in climate change. Yet Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication,... Read More

A Worldwide Celebration: International Science Center and Science Museum Day

From Dimensions 2016 Year in Review On November 10, 2016, the world celebrated the first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). More than 300 institutions in 58 countries on six continents used it as an opportunity to recognize and support the critically important global UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the world’s... Read More

Diversity Initiatives: A Welcome, an Invitation, and a Voice

From Dimensions By Natalie Bortoli Special Edition At the entryway to Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM), a vibrant collection of nearly 400 self-portraits greets visitors, proclaiming, “We are Chicago Children’s Museum.” The faces of children, teachers, community leaders, parents, and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds are intermingled with mirrors so that all visitors are reflected... Read More