The "Taking STEAM to TASC" CoP, extends goes beyond including art in STEM education to explore the wide variety of opportunities that abound at the intersections of technology, the fine arts, science, and culture (TASC).
What factors have contributed to attendance patterns in recent years, and what might we expect in years to come? This forum will look atscience center attendance trends over the past 10 years, identify internal and external factors that impact attendance, and discuss "next steps" that can be taken by centers to grow attendance.
The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), through its cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, is working to characterize the current state of the ISE field with regard to the dynamics between ISE practice and research. This forum is one activity in a set that CAISE is implementing to convene and connect practitioners and researchers in the field of ISE, as well as those professionals who strengthen the linkages between practice and research. The Forum took place between January 16 and 22, 2013 and is now archived on the CAISE Convening Wiki.
This is the home of the ASTC Visitor Services Community of Practice. Participants can share resources and strategies for all aspects of customer service related to the visitor experience. Open to all ASTC members.
This is an online space for the Teacher Educator Network, an ASTC-supported Community of Practice for informal educators who work at the intersection of formal science education. Enrollment key to this area is "ASTC10CoP". It is currently in progress!
This is the home of the ASTC Public Engagement with Science Community of Practice. Participants can share resources and strategies for successfully engaging the public with science, and identify indicators of success. Open to all ASTC members.
The Advocates for Diversity CoP is for any museum or like organization staff either already in the process of implementing or exploring the formation of an internal workgroup to drive an organizational diversity/inclusion initiative. The CoP provides a support network for finding ways to gain support and guidance for creating and sustaining an inclusive science center/museum workplace.
Join us September 28- October 4, 2011 for What Do We Know about Learning in Natural History Settings?.
This forum is a broad call to the field to share information, resources, evaluation and research results, and best practice to identify and consider what we know about learning in natural history settings. Write to Wendy Hancock for enrollment key.
Join us September 21–27, 2011 for Expanding Roles for Youth in Informal Learning Experiences. The discussion will focus on how youth are participating in informal learning experiences—as a target audience, as partners in design and development, and as content interpreters and creators. Write to Wendy Hancock for enrollment key.
This online workshop introduces users to Howtosmile.org, an online collection of fun, high quality, hands-on STEM activities. SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library.
September 21-28, 2010; Science festivals are more visible than ever, with over 100 celebrations planned worldwide in 2011. Professionals from nearly a dozen festivals participated in this one-week online forum discussing the rapidly growing field of science festivals. Find out more at the Science Festival Alliance website.
Forum led by Christina Soontornvat, Austin Children's Museum, Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative, and Jennifer Stancil, Carnegie Science Center based on their ASTC 2009 Annual Conference session, "Beyond Painting Science Pink: Creating Programs that Engage Girls in STEM."
This online workshop introduced participants to MicroObservatory, a program that allows access to remote telescopes to request and process images of galaxies, nebulae, and constellations. Participants are using this knowledge to engage visitors in astronomy and to inspire visitor-created exhibits and displays.
This workshop shared methods and insights from the EU-funded DeCiDe program(Deliberative Citizens' Debates in Science Centers and Museums), which uses a game format to promote citizen participation in policy discussions. See September/October 2005 ASTC Dimensions for background. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.