Association of Science and Technologies Centers

ASTC’s virtual events provide opportunities to learn about a variety of emerging issues in the science and technology center and museum field, engage in conversations about what is happening on the ground, and connect with colleagues in topical discussion groups. View our events calendar to find a full list upcoming and archived events.

May through June 2020

Please check back for the most up-to-date list of virtual events, as we plan to schedule additional opportunities to learn and connect during this period.

Virtual Engagement, Digital Experiences, and Online Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6

ASTC convened panelists from science and technology centers and museums to discuss the approaches our field has been using to virtually engage communities, develop new digital experiences, and design and scale online learning while museums are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View the recorded webinar, access resources, and read the Q&A.

Reopening with Equity in Mind: Opportunities for Culturally Relevant Practice for Museums

May 19

The Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI)—a partnership between ASTC, the Association of Children’s Museums, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and Garibay Group—invites you to attend this webinar on May 19 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.  

Rebuilding and Engaging Your Team in a COVID-19 World

May 19, June 10, and June 18

A series of three informal discussions will focus on how to make the most of staff time now and how to rebuild your teams as your institution reopens. Those in Human Resources, talent development, supervisory roles, as well as individual professional staff are invited to share their thoughts and concerns. Each discussion is limited to 25 participants.

Re-think, Re-frame, Re-open

May 21, May 26, May 28, and June 2

As science and technology centers and museums plan for re-opening after mandated closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be confronted with a number of challenges that require thoughtful consideration and planning. ASTC is hosting a series of informal discussions to support peer-to-peer sharing around these timely topics. To allow for open dialogue, the discussion will not be recorded. Please register in advance. Each 90-minute discussion is limited to 40 participants.

  1. Building Operations” is focused on supporting returning staff, welcoming the community back into your institution’s facilities, operating cafes, and managing theaters. Join one of two 90-minute discussions: May 21 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET or May 26 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. Register here.
  2. Public Health and Safety” is focused on how to update and change safety protocols to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Join one of two 90-minute discussions: Thursday, May 28 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET or Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. Register here.

Hands-on Online Activities: How Museum Educators are Adapting

May 27

Presenters will share online teaching techniques and programs along with hands-on STEM, garden, and nutrition activities for grades PreK-5 that can be adapted to your own program. This webinar is brought you by Growing Great Veggie & Fruits: A National STEM Education Program.

View ASTC’s events calendar to find all upcoming and archived events.

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