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Meeting All the Standards

Even the most dedicated supporter of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning today would not be faulted for some level of confusion over the many educational standards for science that seem to be in various stages of development or review. There is considerable discussion lately, for example, about the new Next Generation Science Standards... Read More

“The Company We Keep”: Help Us Gather the Stories of Their Museum Experiences

The ASTC office in Washington, D.C., is only a few Metro stops away from the National Library of Congress, which houses among its treasures a compilation of oral and written testimonials from those who have witnessed history. Testimonials personalize events; they bind the presenters and listeners through common thoughts and feelings. Stories are much richer... Read More

No Bad Questions

“There are no bad questions, only bad answers.” Implicit in this well-worn expression is the purity of inquiry, the virtue of asking, and the excitement of self-initiated discovery. The adage comes to mind as I reflect on an interesting workshop on inquiry-based learning (IBL) that convened just prior to the start of the American Association... Read More

Informal Science Learning: Unpredictable, Chaotic…and Viral!

I recently represented ASTC on the scientific advisory board of a large media group that held its annual retreat in the pristine Colorado wilderness. Gathered together were leading scientific researchers, innovators, captains of industry, technology-based investors and philanthropists, artists, and science communicators. In a relaxed venue, this diverse group explored the science issues that are... Read More