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Science centers participate in COP15

Last week, ASTC joined 937 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). In addition to a 200-booth exhibition, the conference featured hundreds of side events focusing on issues ranging from how climate change affects women to clean development mechanisms in developing countries. One such... Read More

November 2: Science Identity for Learners in Informal Environments

Join Johnny Fraser of the Institute of Learning Innovation and other researchers for this online discussion in the CAISE Forum, November 2-6. The discussion will build on results of a recent survey about “science identity”—how learners view themselves with respect to science and become comfortable with, knowledgeable about, or interested in science. “Identity” was one... Read More

Communicating science to public audiences

Join an ASTC Connect discussion, May 11-15, sixth in a series on the theme of strengthening relationships among science museums, research scientists, and engineers. Pacific Science Center (PSC) staff will facilitate, building on experience gained from Portal to the Public, an NSF-funded project of PSC, Albuquerque’s Explora, the North Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the... Read More

Communicating Climate Change

Public understanding of climate science got an infusion of energy with the December launch of a major national collaborative designed to engage citizens of all ages directly in investigations of local indicators of climate change. Communicating Climate Change, a project of ASTC’s IGLO (International Action on Global Warming) Initiative, pairs 12 science centers with research... Read More

Global sustainability: Where do science centers fit in?

How can science centers better catalyze public understanding and local action on climate change? At a plenary session October 19, ASTC conference participants joined in an animated, action-oriented discussion moderated by Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio. Providing background for the discussion were Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change... Read More