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  • Date: 05/30/2018
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Global Soundscapes! Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears project employs a variety of informal learning experiences to present the physics of sound and the new science of soundscape ecology. The interdisciplinary science of soundscape ecology analyzes sounds over time in different ecosystems around the ... »
  • Date: 02/09/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    At the entryway to Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM), a vibrant collection of nearly 400 self-portraits greets visitors, proclaiming, “We are Chicago Children’s Museum.” The faces of children, teachers, community leaders, parents, and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds are intermingled with mirrors so that all visitors are reflected in the ... »
  • Date: 02/09/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In a special edition of Dimensions magazine, we are exploring the many aspects of diversity in the activities of our science centers and museums worldwide. We refer, in particular, to the importance of “cultural competence,” defined as “a process of lifelong learning [that] results in knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that allow us to ... »
  • Date: 02/06/2017
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Having been part of the ASTC Equity and Diversity Committee for much of its history, outgoing committee chair Ann Fumarolo has seen the difference equity and diversity initiatives can make. Fumarolo, who serves as president and CEO of Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport, spoke to Dimensions about the importance of maintaining a ... »
  • Date: 03/31/2016
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Many of the world’s leading experts are projecting that energy demand will grow 37% by 2035. There is clearly a need for increased energy literacy. With this in mind, ASTC and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), in partnership with BP America, have launched a new Energy Education Initiative designed to increase young people’s energy ... »
  • Date: 09/18/2015
    Resource Category: Blog Post
    This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine. It contains perspectives from across the field on early career advice. ... »
  • Date: 05/26/2015
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    I would like to thank the many ASTC members who completed our recent ASTC Member Benefits Survey. ASTC has launched many new programs and services for our members since our last survey several years ago. Periodic surveys help us to know where we are succeeding and what we may need to reassess. We did hear from some of you that the survey itself ... »
  • Date: 07/17/2013
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    During this session at the 2013 Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference the authors discussed our preliminary framework for addressing the question of how to evaluate an evaluation. The three-part framework—(1) Worth of the Intervention, (2) Appropriateness of the Evaluation Study, and (3) Usefulness for Stakeholders—comprises a set of ... »
  • Date: 08/24/2011
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This article compares the traditional "corporate citizenship" approach of for-profit giving to the new "corporate social responsibility" model, in which companies see themselves as active partners in the process of determining priorities, carrying out goals, and evaluating success. This article describes successful partnerships between the ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This article features a few of the exemplary programs highlighted in the 2010 report produced by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Formal-Informal Partnerships Inquiry Group. This report focused on collaborations between informal science institutions and schools that provided teacher professional development in two ... »

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