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  June 2004 RAP
Participants from 15 countries attended a June 2004 RAP about mobile exhibits hosted by Technopolis, the Flemish Science Center, Belgium
ASTC RAPs (Roundtables for Advancing the Professions) held in 2006. Be sure to check back for updates to this list.

September 15September 16
Imagine Math as a Vehicle for Your Community Partnerships!
New York Hall of Science, Queens, and the Educational Equity Center at the Academy for Educational Development.

As afterschool hours become increasingly central for providing good science and math experiences, collaborations between science and technology centers and community-based after-school programs are critical. How can science and technology centers help to build capacity for local after-school programs? Come learn and share information about successful collaborative math projects. Develop strategies for forming these important partnerships. Experience engaging standards-based mathematics activities from After-School Math PLUS (ASM+), a program specifically designed by math experts in conjunction with staff from the New York Hall of Science.

The RAP will include a field trip to the Chinese-American Planning Council Center
at PS 20 in Queens, NY, an ASM+ pilot site, to see a math partnership program
in action.

Contact: Maryann Stimmer, ASM+ Coordinator, Educational Equity Center at AED Phone: 212-367-4574; E-mail:

May 12—13
Real Tools, Real Science & Real Living Things: A Collaborative RAP on New Exhibit Strategies from Los Angeles
California Science Center, Los Angeles, and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

Join a stimulating discussion on how to create excellent interactive exhibits featuring living collections. Ideal for exhibits and education staff, these sessions will include strategies for increasing visitor engagement with living things (from algae to apes), exploration of some of the challenges, and ideas for incorporating interactive experiences into life sciences exhibits.

Friday's session will be hosted by the California Science Center which is about to break ground on the World of Ecology, an ambitious interactive exhibition featuring plants and animals from many ecosystems. The Huntington - which has recently opened the Conservatory for Botanical Science, a large greenhouse full of exhibits featuring live plants and real scientific tools - will host the group on Saturday. Staff from both of these projects will lead discussions and tours of their facilities and will jointly facilitate the concluding conversation.

Contact: Karina White, Exhibition Developer
Phone: 626/405-3584; Fax: 626/405-3501

June 24—25
Flexible Spaces Make Dynamic Places
Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY

Interactivity and hands-on experiences appear high on the list of expectations of today's science museum and science center visitors. Experience our process of developing flexible spaces that encourage whole systems thinking while supporting user-directed learning experiences. Participants will spend time in Connections and Camp Wee Explorers, our hands-on science galleries, discovering the educational theories that influenced the design of these galleries. Our unique "tool box" of deliberate creativity tools and processes will also be explored, demonstrating the process used to design and create the galleries. This RAP session is recommended for both educators and designers and includes a visit to our new, neighborhood-based science studio, the Elmwood Science Spot.

Contact: Kristin Daley, Manager of Visitor Experience
Phone: 716/896-5200 x390; Fax: 716/897-6723

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