This issue of Dimensions takes a close look at “moonshots”—ambitious yet achievable goals to address significant challenges for the public good. Having celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer, we’re looking ahead to the next big achievements. What societal moon shots will science centers help make possible within our communities, regions, counties, and across the globe over the next 10 to 20 years, and how do we communicate these ambitious goals to our audiences? What are the moon shots for our organizations, our regions, and our field?

This is a critical time in our society for science engagement—for the work of ASTC members to support lifelong science learning, connect science and society, engage diverse audiences, and partner to tackle global and local challenges. What will it take for us to make our visions realities?


  • Building Community with Educators by Robert Payo  
  • Museums Bring Making to Afterschool Educators by Patti Curtis 
  • Address Schools’ Needs by Aimee Kennedy
  • Partnering with Education by Beth Murphy
  • The STEAM Residency Program: Playing in the Gray Area Between Formal and Informal Learning by Lorrie Ann Smith and  Catherine Paisley
  • So You Want to Make a Comic by Martin Weiss, Geralyn Abinader, and Michaela Labriole 


  • From the CEO: Partnering with Teachers and Schools
  • People: ASTC’s new board of directors
  • ASTC 2019 Gallery: Some highlight images from this year’s conference 
  • Q&A: Talia Milgrom-Elcott, founder of 100Kin10
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