Association of Science and Technology Centers

Association of Science and Technology Centers Serving science centers and science museums around the world Founded in 1973, ASTC is a network of nearly 700 science and technology centers and museums, and allied organizations, engaging more than 110 million people annually across North America and in almost 50 countries.
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With its members and partners, ASTC works towards a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people. Members include not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children's museums, as well as companies, consultants, and other organizations that share an interest in informal science education.

Mission: Founded in 1973, ASTC is a network of nearly 700 science and technology centers and museums, and allied organizations, engaging more than 110 million people annually across North America and in almost 50 countries. With its members and partners, ASTC works towards a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people.

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The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is en...
11/03/2020
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The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is engaged in four national searches for Program Directors including one or more permanent positions in informal STEM education. NSF is hosting a webinar this Thursday for those interested in learning more.

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Today is Election Day in the United States. Please vote if you are eligible. For information about where and how to vote...
11/03/2020
Everything You Need to Vote - Vote.org

Today is Election Day in the United States. Please vote if you are eligible. For information about where and how to vote, check out Vote.org.

Register to vote. Check your registration status. Get your absentee ballot. Fast, free, easy, secure, nonpartisan.

Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States. We encourage everyone to cast their vote. Those interested in science may...
11/02/2020
Vote Science Strong

Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States. We encourage everyone to cast their vote. Those interested in science may be interested in the #VoteScienceStrong candidate-engagement initiative launched by Research!America. https://buff.ly/2HUwLyr

Today, more than ever in recent history, the pivotal role research plays to the future of our nation, our communities, and our families is highly visible.

Nominate deserving individuals and organizations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engi...
11/02/2020
Nominations open for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring - Association of Science and Technology Centers

Nominate deserving individuals and organizations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the nation’s highest honor for individuals and organizations who work with and serve those that are underrepresented in STEM education and the workforce. Materials due on December 18.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is seeking nominations for the 2020­–2021 cycle. The awards represent the nation’s highest honor for individuals and organizations … Nominations open for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Sc...

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, is among the ASTC members supporting voting for the ...
10/30/2020
Early Voting at Frost Science Museum - Frost Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, is among the ASTC members supporting voting for the November 3 U.S. General Election.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is honored to be chosen as an early voting location this year by the Miami-Dade County Elections Department.

We invite you to check out the ASTC Merch Store for a range of custom products, including masks, clothes, bags, mugs, st...
10/30/2020

We invite you to check out the ASTC Merch Store for a range of custom products, including masks, clothes, bags, mugs, stickers, and more! Show your #sciencecenter, ASTC, and conference pride.

Order now as special #ASTC2020 conference pricing ends soon! https://astc.go.customprintcenter.com/

Nominations for the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are due ...
10/30/2020
IMLS seeking nominations for National Medal for Museum and Library Service - Association of Science and Technology Centers

Nominations for the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are due Monday, November 2. The National Medals represent the United States' highest honor awarded to libraries and museums of all sizes for service to their communities.

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries … IMLS seeking nominations for National Medal for Museum and Library Service Read More »

A new report from ASTC estimates that our member science and technology centers and museums around the world have lost m...
10/29/2020
Science centers have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the pandemic - Association of Science and Technology Centers

A new report from ASTC estimates that our member science and technology centers and museums around the world have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new report from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) estimates that ASTC museum members around the world have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to … Science centers have lost more than $600 million in revenue due to the pandemic Read More »

Effective engagement encompasses collaboration rooted in shared vision and goals. What is the foundation of your museum’...
10/28/2020

Effective engagement encompasses collaboration rooted in shared vision and goals. What is the foundation of your museum’s community engagement approach? How can your museum engage partners from a place of mutual benefit and support? What would a co-created collaboration with community organizations look like for your museum?

Join CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) TOMORROW, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar focused on the three-year Ways of Knowing partnership among Six Nations Indian Museum, Akwesasne Cultural Center, Library, and Museum, and The Wild Center, a natural history center located on the ancestral lands and original territory of the Haudenosaunee. https://www.astc.org/event/effective-and-equitable-community-engagement-collaborating-with-integrity-and-reciprocity/

CCLI is a partnership among Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, Association of Children's Museums, ASTC, and the Garibay Group.

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10/27/2020

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific to celebrate National STEM Day with us! 🎉 We’re joining forces with Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to host a virtual event for girls. 👩‍🔬

Come hear from a truly inspiring group of women in science and technology about their career paths, persisting through challenges, and the world-changing projects they’re working on now.

You will hear from...

👩‍💻 Siobahn Day Grady, computer scientist and assistant professor of information science/systems in the at North Carolina Central University

👩‍💻 Ashley Podhradsky, associate dean and associate professor of digital forensics at Dakota State University.

Oh, not to mention Oscar winner and trailblazer Geena Davis herself. 😏 You don’t want to miss this! RSVP at bit.ly/2020stemwomen. 💌

With museums in New York City limited to 25 percent of their normal capacity, The New York Times asks how long they can ...
10/27/2020
How Long Can N.Y.C. Museums Survive at 25 Percent Capacity?

With museums in New York City limited to 25 percent of their normal capacity, The New York Times asks how long they can survive.

Visiting during the pandemic can feel a bit lonely. Museum directors worry that will persist far into 2021.

The STEM for All Multiplex and the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education are hosting an expert panel tomo...
10/26/2020
STEM For All Multiplex

The STEM for All Multiplex and the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education are hosting an expert panel tomorrow at 3 p.m. EDT on connecting STEM learning to identity development.

Panelists Heidi Carlone, Nichole Pinkard, and Zahra Hazari will discuss this equity issue with implications about how we engage with nondominant groups and STEM, what shape STEM learning takes if we do, and how we engage in STEM learning that helps imagine more just and thriving futures. CAISE's Sasha Palmquist will serve as moderator.

Description: Connecting STEM learning to identity development is an equity issue with implications about how we engage with nondominant groups and STEM, what shape STEM learning takes if we do, and how we engage in STEM learning that helps imagine more just and thriving futures. This Theme of the Mo...

10/23/2020
ASTC 2020 Virtual Land Acknowledgement

Since #ASTC2020 was virtual, a land acknowledgement was offered on behalf of the entire world. Thanks to our members for contributing to this virtual land acknowledgement: The Exploration Place (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada); Natural History Museum of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA); TELUS Spark (Calgary, Alberta, Canada); Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre (Canberra, Australia); and The Wild Center (Tupper Lake, New York, USA)

10/22/2020
Welcome to #ASTC2020

Thanks so much for an amazing #ASTC2020! While we missed seeing you in person, we are glad that a record number of participants had the opportunity to join us virtually. And thanks to the dozens of you who offered their virtual welcomes to the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference.

Effective engagement encompasses collaboration rooted in shared vision and goals. What is the foundation of your museum’...
10/22/2020

Effective engagement encompasses collaboration rooted in shared vision and goals. What is the foundation of your museum’s community engagement approach? How can your museum engage partners from a place of mutual benefit and support? What would a co-created collaboration with community organizations look like for your museum?

Join CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) next Thursday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for a webinar focused on the three-year Ways of Knowing partnership among Six Nations Indian Museum, Akwesasne Cultural Center, Library, and Museum, and The Wild Center a natural history center located on the ancestral lands and original territory of the Haudenosaunee. https://buff.ly/3mc7ePT

CCLI is a partnership among Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, Association of Children's Museums, ASTC, and the Garibay Group.

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10/22/2020

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Our colleagues at the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education are hosting office hours for those intending ...
10/22/2020
AISL Supports Schedule | InformalScience.org

Our colleagues at the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education are hosting office hours for those intending to submit proposals to the current solicitation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program. These six sessions with NSF program directors, which begin on October 28, 2020, will help answer questions on a range of topics.

Check back for updates!

After a final round of concurrent sessions and more time in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, #ASTC2020 will conclude with a Clo...
10/21/2020
ASTC 2020: Closing Keynote - Association of Science and Technology Centers

After a final round of concurrent sessions and more time in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, #ASTC2020 will conclude with a Closing Keynote featuring Bina Venkataraman, editorial page editor at The Boston Globe (Boston Globe Opinion) and a Fellow at New America. She will discuss long-term thinking amid crisis, drawing insights from her book The Optimist’s Telescope.

As we count down to the end of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we are highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. Closing Keynote “Long-term thinking … ASTC 2020: Closing Keynote Read More »

Good morning ASTC community. We're kicking off the last day of #ASTC2020, which is packed with more stimulating sessions...
10/21/2020
ASTC 2020: Friedman Dialogues - Association of Science and Technology Centers

Good morning ASTC community. We're kicking off the last day of #ASTC2020, which is packed with more stimulating sessions, inspiring speakers, and community connections.

Things get started at 11 a.m. EDT with the Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues, which will focus on the role of public engagement in science for combating misinformation and building community capacity for solving problems. Dr. Sara Yeo will catalyze discussion and moderate a dialogue with Dr. Sudip Parikh (CEO of AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science) and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. Alan J. Friedman Science … ASTC 2020: Friedman Dialogues Read More »

We're ready for the second day of #ASTC2020. We have a busy schedule of Concurrent Sessions, Poster Palooza, more time i...
10/20/2020
ASTC 2020: New Frontiers Keynote Session - Association of Science and Technology Centers

We're ready for the second day of #ASTC2020. We have a busy schedule of Concurrent Sessions, Poster Palooza, more time in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, a "New FRIEND-tiers" virtual networking event, and our New Frontiers Keynote Session (click below to learn more), which will be livestreamed on astc.org and social media

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. New Frontiers Keynote Session … ASTC 2020: New Frontiers Keynote Session Read More »

The ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference gets underway at 11 a.m. EDT with an opening keynote from Mónica Feliú-Mójer, wh...
10/19/2020
ASTC 2020: Opening Keynote - Association of Science and Technology Centers

The ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference gets underway at 11 a.m. EDT with an opening keynote from Mónica Feliú-Mójer, who will discuss how science communication and storytelling can help our work more equitable and inclusive. #ASTC2020

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. Opening Keynote “Science communication … ASTC 2020: Opening Keynote Read More »

We are less than 24 hours from kicking off the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference with an opening keynote from Dr. Móni...
10/18/2020
ASTC 2020: Opening Keynote - Association of Science and Technology Centers

We are less than 24 hours from kicking off the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference with an opening keynote from Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, who will help us think about how we can use science communication and storytelling to make all of our work more equitable and inclusive. #ASTC2020

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. Opening Keynote “Science communication … ASTC 2020: Opening Keynote Read More »

We're really looking forward to the New Frontiers Keynote Session at the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference #ASTC2020 o...
10/16/2020
ASTC 2020: New Frontiers Keynote Session - Association of Science and Technology Centers

We're really looking forward to the New Frontiers Keynote Session at the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference #ASTC2020 on Tuesday afternoon. This event, which is being held jointly with the New Frontiers Virtual National Summit will focus on the way that science, communities, and policymakers work in partnership to address humanity’s most pressing challenges, while ensuring that public engagement in science is an integral and essential part of this conversation. This keynote session will be livestreamed on the ASTC website.

The session will include three components:

● A fireside chat on solving our big challenges featuring Dr. Arati Prabhakar (Founder and CEO, Actuate; and former Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA) and Sonal Shah (Founding Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and professor, Georgetown University; Founding Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

● A panel addressing how equity can be centered in the healthcare delivery, biomedical research, and the pipeline of future innovators, clinicians, and leaders in this field featuring Ryan Panchadsaram (Co-Founder, U.S. Digital Response and COVID Exit Strategy; and former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer); Dr. Dara Kass (Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Founder and CEO, Feminem; Medical Contributor, Yahoo! News); and Wendy Taylor (Vice President for Technical Leadership and Innovation, Jhpiego)

● Featured remarks from Dr. Ruha Benjamin (Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University) on the urgency of addressing the intersection of race and technology to ensure we create a more equitable tomorrow.

Thanks to the Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for their support of this session.

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. New Frontiers Keynote Session … ASTC 2020: New Frontiers Keynote Session Read More »

The #REALMproject has also released a literature review, which summarizes current research on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus s...
10/15/2020
REALM project - Phase 1 - Systematic literature review | OCLC

The #REALMproject has also released a literature review, which summarizes current research on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads, its survival on common materials and surfaces, and the effectiveness of various prevention and decontamination methods.

Review the key takeaways for the phase 1 systematic literature review that includes a summary of findings on the transmission of COVID-19.

The story from Houston, Texas, where the extended closure of Space Center Houston has had a cascading impact on local bu...
10/15/2020
Museum says Space Center Houston closure, limited capacity affect local economy

The story from Houston, Texas, where the extended closure of Space Center Houston has had a cascading impact on local businesses, is repeated in many communities all over the world.

In response to COVID-19, Space Center Houston closed from March 15 to July 17. The closure contributed to the economic downturn the Bay Area experienced, said Meridyth Moore, communications supervisor for the museum.

The #REALMproject has published the results of its fifth round of testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on various mate...
10/14/2020
Test 5 results available

The #REALMproject has published the results of its fifth round of testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on various materials common in libraries and museums, including those used for crowd control, bookbinding and crowd control.

As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has conducted five natural attenuation studies on how long the infectious virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums. Spread via contact with contaminated objects (also called fomites) is not currently believed to be ...

The Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues at next week's ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the role ...
10/14/2020
ASTC 2020: Friedman Dialogues - Association of Science and Technology Centers

The Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues at next week's ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the role of public engagement in science for combating misinformation and building community capacity for solving problems. #ASTC2020

We are honored to have three participants in the dialogue:

● Sara Yeo (Associate Professor, University of Utah), dialogue moderator and discussion catalyst
● Sudip Parikh (CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Executive Publisher, Science family of journals), dialogue participant
● Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (United States Senator representing the State of Rhode Island), dialogue participant

As we count down to the start of the ASTC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, we’ll be highlighting the plenary sessions that will bring the community together. Alan J. Friedman Science … ASTC 2020: Friedman Dialogues Read More »

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for any of you who were part of the big nano science initiative that began several years ago, you will remember David Goodsell. Here is a great article about his visualizations of microbes, focusing on COVID-19
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