ASTC welcomes new Board members and chair

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to welcome new officers and members of its Board of Directors, who took up their positions at the conclusion of the ASTC Annual Conference earlier this month. The Board provides direction to the association representing organizations committed to public engagement with science, including a core …

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Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List honors ASTC community

The ASTC community is well represented among the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2021. This includes ASTC’s immediate past chair Larry Dubinski (President & CEO, The Franklin Institute) who is named to the “Power 10” list, with his service as chair of the ASTC Board of Directors among the achievements highlighted. Larry Dubinski – Power …

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A year of data on science center attendance and operations provides signs of hope

In response to the continuing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on science centers and museums, ASTC has been conducting a Weekly Attendance and Operations Survey since June 2020. This ongoing survey project contains a data-benchmarking tool for members to collect and report on their visitor attendance and operational status. We have now completed analysis …

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Remembering Todd Happer

Todd Happer, Senior Manager of Member Engagement at the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from complications of cancer. The ASTC Board of Directors and staff share our condolences with the many members of our community who treasured Todd as a trusted colleague and true friend. Todd …

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ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation

Contacts:Adam Fagen (ASTC)Jodi Davis (Goodman Media for Lyda Hill Philanthropies®) ASTC and IF/THEN® award more than $300,000 to 27 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation Grantees leverage the IF/THEN® Collection digital library to increase representation of women in museum exhibits WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Association of Science and Technology Centers …

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Science center visits down almost 75% from 2019, but slowly increase after reopening

Members of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) that have reopened to the public after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic have seen visitor attendance that is down 74 percent from the same time period in 2019. This is one example of the sobering information shared in a recent ASTC report detailing the …

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ASTC welcomes new board members from U.S., Canada, and Colombia

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) has welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors, which provides leadership for the nonprofit organization representing science and technology centers and museums across North America and around the world. New to the board are the following science center leaders: Tracy CalogherosCEOThe Exploration PlacePrince George, British …

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Science centers have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the pandemic

A new report from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) estimates that ASTC museum members around the world have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, almost overnight, every one of the ASTC’s nearly 500 member science and technology centers and museums closed their doors to …

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ASTC awards more than $200,000 to 26 science centers and museums to advance equity in gender representation as part of the IF/THEN Initiative

The IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant Program aims to increase the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first cycle of IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grants. Through the support of IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, more than $200,000 …

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Two New Grant Opportunities for ASTC Members in United States

We are excited to present two new funding programs designed to support and engage our members as the science center and museum community responds to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. These grant programs are limited to eligible ASTC members in the United States. Applications for STEM Activities Outreach During COVID-19 Grants due April 24 With generous funding …

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Science Centers and Museums Can Play Life-Saving Role During COVID-19

The American Red Cross needs the help of U.S. science centers and museums. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact communities across the United States, the Red Cross mission—to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies—continues with a deepened resolve. One example of essential emergency response is to remain steadfast in providing …

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Introducing ASTC’s Community Science Initiative

As communities grapple with daunting global and local challenges, and as the role of science and technology in our society continues to evolve, access for all people to engage with, participate in, and benefit from science, technology, and innovation is more important than ever. The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is excited to …

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ASTC Staff’s Commitment to Embrace and Prioritize Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity

During this period of strategic change for our membership association, ASTC has prioritized expanding the scope and impact of our shared diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity efforts. All members of our staff and board are active in this process, and the following is an update on our journey. I invite you to follow along through …

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Announcing a Collaborative Project Management Opportunity

Applications closed Monday, December 10, 2018, at 11:45 p.m. ET   Leading complex, diverse, multi-organizational teams working to broaden participation in STEM is a challenging mission with potentially life-changing outcomes. Having a plan doesn’t mean a project will be successful. Individuals and organizations are diverse in their experience, cultural perspectives, personal motivations, and priorities. Properly …

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