Exhibit Hall Stage





Saturday, September 29

12:45–1:15 p.m.
The Distributed Conference: Science as a Human Right
A multicontinental video webcast will feature science centers’ activities planned for the International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on November 10. Find out how ASTC’s diversity and inclusion efforts fit “Science a Human Right” and how this helps to create new partnerships in local communities. This conference event breaks the bounds of convention center walls participation across continents. Presentations from other locations: Bisan Battrawi, Citta della Scienza, Italy; Luisa Rico Mansard, Universum, Mexico; and Todd Boyette, Morehead Planetarium, North Carolina, United States. Presentations on stage at the ASTC conference: Mat Sinclair, The Discovery, Nevada, United States; Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka, and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, United Kingdom; Noel Jackson, International Centre for Life, United Kingdom; Jennifer Gemmel, TELUS World of Science, Alberta, Canada; Jayatri Das, The Franklin Institute, Pennsylvania, United States; Tit Meng (TM) Ling, Singapore Science Centre and the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres.

3:30–4:00 p.m.
Science Family Feud: Teen Edition
Facebook vs. Snapchat, email vs. messenger, lit vs. fun, teens vs. museum professionals! Join the World Biotech Tour (WBT) in the Exhibit Hall to watch teens from science center youth programs compete against museum professionals. Each team will try to guess the most popular responses to survey questions about what teens around the world think of science center and museum programs designed for them. Not only will this be a fun break during the conference, but it will be a great chance for museum staff to hear directly from teens in ASTC’s international network, including highlights from the WBT’s final report on the Ambassador Program, a multi-country youth program.


Sunday, September 30

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Live Demonstration Hour
The Live Demonstration Hour is an ASTC tradition. Grab some breakfast and come watch some of the world’s best science performers show off their skills and demos.

1:05–1:30 p.m.
Meet the Fellows: A Conversation with ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows

4:30–4:45 p.m.
How Augmented Reality Transforms Education in Science Centers and Museums
Augmented Reality has the power to transform the way we learn. Learn more about AR’s ability to revolutionize the way science centers and museums engage and educate their visitors, through real-life examples of successful projects installed around the world. Find out how big screen, mobile and wearable Augmented Reality can bring the digital world to physical spaces.
Presented by INDE.

4:45–5:00 p.m.
Winner Announcement: 2018 Global Physics Photowalk
Amateur and professional photographers went behind-the-scenes in particle physics facilities around the world, and the best of the best from each location are on display at ASTC 2018. Public voting took place online earlier this month, and you’ll want to be there when the overall winner is announced here, at the Exhibit Hall Stage.

5:00–5:30 p.m.
Science Circus Africa Demonstrations
See demos from Science Circus Africa, a traveling program that uses low-cost, everyday materials to make science astonishing. Thanks to the ASTC Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Fellowship program, two exceptional Science Circus Africa participants are coming to Hartford: Martin Kafeero from the Source of the Nile Science Center in Uganda and Leapotswe Bantsi, Manager of Pre-University Academic Programs at Botswana International University of Science & Technology. Science Circus Africa aims to build capacity in science, technology, engineering and math. The Australian National University National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU CPAS) founded the program in 2013, with support from Questacon. The traveling program, delivered by Australian teams, uses low-cost everyday materials to make science astonishing through live shows in schools and public venues, workshops for teachers, interactive exhibits and community displays. The long-term goal is to establish science centers and sustainable, locally led programs. Science Circus Africa programs make science fun, interactive, relevant to everyday life, and practical and hands-on—they bring science to life where science rarely makes it off the blackboard, but is critical to underpin long term economic growth and wellbeing. Science Circus Africa has trained 499 African staff and reached 73,300 people—including training 815 teachers in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. For more information or to get involved, contact Graham Walker, g.walker@anu.edu.au.




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Click here to download the summative evaluation of the three-year, 12-country World Biotech Tour initiative.