Digital Engagement: 10 Tips for Science Centers and Museums

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, some science centers and museums had developed online and digital programs, but more often science museums’ digital engagement efforts focused on incorporating technology into exhibits within museum walls. During the pandemic, the closure of public spaces prompted science museums to be innovative in their approach to reaching their audiences digitally—and often …

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Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards presented for Business Practice, Individual Leadership, and Visitor Experience

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) has presented its Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards to three additional member organizations and one individual in three categories. The virtual awards ceremony, which was incorporated into the program for #ASTCvirtual, completes a process that began with the presentation of awards in two other categories—Community Science …

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ASTC members named to Blooloop 50 Museum Influencers List

The Blooloop 50 Museum Influencers List 2022 includes a number of individuals affiliated with ASTC-member organizations. The list highlights 50 key individuals whose innovation and creativity have been integral to developing today’s museums. As the museum industry continues to reinvent itself, it is not surprising to see so many names familiar to ASTC on the …

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Blooloop Zoo & Aquarium Influencer List 2022 includes members of ASTC community

Two members of the ASTC community have been named to the first Blooloop 50 Zoo & Aquarium Influencer list. The Blooloop 50 highlights 50 key individuals working in the sector whose work has made a real impact; the 2022 list for museum professionals will be announced soon, following on similar lists in 2020 and 2021. …

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Seven ASTC members honored with Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards

Over the last three years, science centers and museums have faced challenges that have sometimes seemed insurmountable. But the ingenuity and creativity alive in these organizations have helped turn those challenges into opportunities. The closing session of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) 2022 Annual Conference highlighted some of the most innovative—and impactful—work …

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IMLS makes funding awards of more than $8.4 million to ASTC members

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the fiscal year (FY) 2022 recipient of funding awards through several of its competitive grant programs. This includes $6.3 million in National Leadership Grants for Museums and $29.7 million for the Museums for America program—including the Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. National …

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ASTC members share in $1M Museum Initiative from Verizon and NYC MediaLab

Earlier this year, Verizon and NYC MediaLab announced the winners of the $1M Museum Initiative, which asked museums and other cultural institutions to develop new immersive educational content for educators. ASTC helped spread the word about this funding opportunity when applications were being accepted. Several ASTC-member institutions are among the 10 awarded up to $100,000 …

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Calling all makers! New resources for children and families available

By engaging in engineering design activities, children have the opportunity to bring together scientific and mathematical concepts to solve real world problems. However, sustaining children’s interest in engineering can be a challenge. Some students lack opportunities to learn about engineering in the first place; a 2010 report found that only 10% of K-12 students were …

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Twelve ASTC members receive awards from national STEM learning and literacy program

Twelve ASTC members from across the United States have been awarded funding in the latest NASA’s Universe of Learning Mini-funds cycle. NASA’s Universe of Learning is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and literacy program that provides resources and experiences related to NASA astrophysics. Using NASA resources, awardees are creating projects and programs …

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2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists are named

Three ASTC-member institutions are among the 15 museums named as finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1996, …

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ASTC members named to 10Best lists for top museums

Many ASTC-member science centers and museums have been named among the best science museums and children’s museums in the United States, according to votes in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for 2022. Twenty nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of experts including a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from …

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ASTC member receives prestigious STEM education award

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The awards represent the highest honor in the United States for individuals and organizations working with and serving those who are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education fields …

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Congratulations to new AAAS Fellows committed to public engagement with science

Among the new class of AAAS Fellows announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are several individuals affiliated with ASTC members and other committed to public engagement with science. Since 1874, AAAS has been electing Fellows in recognition of diverse accomplishments, including research, leadership, teaching, mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public …

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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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DMNS receives Save America’s Treasures grant

Congratulations to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) for receiving a $206,933 grant from the Save America’s Treasures program, one of 49 projects sharing $15.5 million in the current round of funding. According to a news release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the grant will enable DMNS to inventory, …

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A Table, a Timeline, and the Visual Representation of Gender at the Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is an IF/THEN Gender Equity Grant recipient. Twenty-seven 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 shift …

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Mississippi Children’s Museum honored with 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Congratulations to the Mississippi Children’s Museum (Jackson, Mississippi) for being named as one of six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! This award, which is bestowed by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is considered the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums that make significant …

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