Inspiring girls through the Women in STEM speaker series

The Carnegie Science Center is an IF/THEN Gender Equity Grant recipient. Twenty-six ASTC-member museums received funding to launch projects aimed at increasing the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across their museums’ content. This grant program is supported by the IF/THEN Initiative, a national effort sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture …

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Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts takes its STEM programs for girls to the next level

The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is an IF/THEN Gender Equity Grant recipient. Twenty-six ASTC-member museums received funding to launch projects aimed at increasing the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across their museums’ content. This grant program is supported by the IF/THEN Initiative, a national effort sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers …

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IF/THEN Ambassadors reflect on their first year

Last September, 125 women innovators across a variety of industries were named as AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies. Among this group of talented STEM professionals were three Ambassadors at ASTC-member museums: Olivia Castellini, Senior Exhibit Developer, Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Illinois) …

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Daring to Dig: Women in American Paleontology

The Paleontological Research Institution is an IF/THEN Gender Equity Grant recipient. Twenty-six ASTC-member museums received funding to launch projects aimed at increasing the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across their museums’ content. This grant program is supported by the IF/THEN Initiative, a national effort sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture …

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So you think you want to become a Community Science Fellow

A Q&A with Kate Semmens, Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellow Kate Semmens is the Science Director at ASTC member Nurture Nature Center in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she helps advance the organization’s scientific and environmental outreach efforts, especially related to floods, climate change, art and science, community science, and social science research. She holds a PhD in environmental and …

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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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Organizational Change Toward Cultural Competency

By Jenni Martin, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Success for museums in the 21st century depends on embracing organizational change to meaningfully connect with new and diverse audiences. But how do we do this? What strategies will be most helpful to ensure that our museums have the capacity and the know-how to effectively practice …

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Your Guide to Creating a Competitive Diversity Fellows Application

So you want to be a 2019 Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow? You’ve talked with your supervisor, considered your professional goals, built a passion for making change in the science center field, and you are now ready to apply to the 2019 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program. Below are some tips and advice …

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The Place of Soft Skills in Informal Science Learning

By Lesley Markham From Dimensions November/December 2018 Why is it important for science center and museum professionals to cultivate soft skills? What is their relevance to our work and to the wider informal science learning field? For more than a century, researchers have recognized that soft skills—critical thinking, communication, and creativity—are as valuable as technical …

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Gaining Perspective in Free-Choice Learning: Reflecting on Practice

Looking back on things helps us gain perspective, but truly reflecting on educational practices helps build a roadmap guiding us into the future By Lindzy Bivings, Senior Manager, School & Community Programs, California Academy of Sciences Here are five tips in gaining perspective through using reflection to become a more effective educator. These are strategies …

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