IMLS Issues Funding Opportunity for CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

On May 8, the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) issued a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for IMLS Cares Act Grants for Museums and Libraries (CAG-ML-FY20). The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning …

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How Museums Are Helping Keep Essential Workers Safe

This post was written in collaboration with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and is crossposted on the ACM blog. Updated on April 27 to add The Franklin Institute and Gateway to Science. Children’s museums and science centers have overwhelmingly closed in response to COVID-19. While museums can no longer welcome visitors, they are leveraging …

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Science Behind the News: Coronavirus – Sharing resources

This post is contributed by Geralyn Abinader, Creative Producer at the New York Hall of Science. As the news of the COVID-19 outbreak began rippling through the news and social media, staff at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) recognized that we had a unique opportunity to provide a voice of scientific reason on …

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Spectacular NIH Microscopy Images Available

Make your own exhibit of stunning, high resolution, professional-quality microscopy images using downloads from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) image gallery. The beautiful images are not only rich with educational value, but also free for noncommercial use. A select collection of these images—all taken by researchers—hung in an exhibit, Life Magnified,  at Washington Dulles International Airport’s …

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Portal to the Public honored by Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society

Portal to the Public has been honored with the inaugural Enduring Achievement Award from the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS). The initiative is a flexible strategic framework that helps science centers and other informal learning organizations create meaningful face-to-face interactions between working scientists and public audiences. Although each setting is unique, most …

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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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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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Preparing Your Strongest 2018 ASTC Diversity Fellows Application

It’s that time again: A chance for you to be part of the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows! So dust off your resume, oil up your keyboard, and start talking to your advocates. Join applicants from across the United States and Canada over the next few weeks as you create the best application possible. …

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Workshops—Tinkering: The Series

More adventurous than the latest Hollywood superhero movie franchise and more exciting than a PowerPoint presentation on the theory and philosophy underlying the facilitation of making experiences, ASTC announces: The Tinkering Workshops, a series of in-depth gatherings designed by members of the ASTC Making & Tinkering Spaces in Museums Community of Practice (CoP). The Series …

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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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Tips for 2017 ASTC Diversity Fellows Applications

Remember, your application to be an ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellow may be submitted any time before 11:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8. As applicants across the United States and Canada update resumes, gather signatures of support, and draft answers to essay questions in applying to be 2017 ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows, …

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Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans

(This post originally appeared on UpNext, the blog of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It has been reposted here with permission. See the original post here.) Written by K-Fai Steele YOUmedia Learning Labs National Network When you think of a team that has won $20,000 in a Make-a-thon for prosthetics and assistive technology, …

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Science Centers: Powering STEM Learning

Exhibits, student support programs, teacher professional development, community outreach, community anchoring, public awareness, driving creativity and innovation, strong STEM learning platforms, afterschool activities — these are some of the many ways that science centers and museums are impacting their communities in today’s world. STEMconnector and ASTC hosted the virtual town hall “Science Centers: Powering STEM …

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Museum giant-screen theaters now have standards

After an extensive peer and expert review, the Digital Immersive Giant Screen Specifications (DIGSS 1.0) are now fully available, along with many other findings and reports relevant to museum giant screen theaters and those who support them. An independent evaluation conducted by the Institute for Learning Innovation found after the 2010 Giant Screen Cinema Association …

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