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ASTC Annual Conference 2024

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Chicago, Illinois
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ASTC 2024 Annual Conference

old dates: November 11-15, 2024

new dates: September 27 - October 1, 2024
Chicago, Illinois

The ASTC Annual Conference is one of the premier annual events for science-engagement professionals and leaders in science and technology centers and museums as well as allied organizations across North America and around the world.

Local Host:
Griffin Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago in collaboration with other area members.

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Preliminary Program

Booth and Exhibit Hall

The NISE Network will have activities including a booth at the ASTC 2024 conference.

  • Booth #502
  • Saturday September 28, 2024
  • Sunday, September 29, 2024

NISE Network Networking Happy Hour

Many NISE Network members will gather for networking 

  • Saturday evening September 28, 2024 after 6:00pm (the exhibit hall closes at 6:00pm)
  • no need to RSVP
  • location TBD

Concurrent Sessions & Posters

Conference sessions and the Exhibit Hall will be held at the McCormick Place with additional conference events held at the main host institution.

Pre-conference Intensive

  • Learn About, Reflect On, and Plan Reciprocal Community Partnerships and Authentic STEM Learning Experiences
    • Rae Ostman, Arizona State University
    • Allison Anderson, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Ali Jackson, Sciencenter


Concurrent Sessions 

  • The Value and Values of Communities of Practice: Designing for Inclusion, Challenge, and Vulnerability
    • Ali Jackson, Sciencenter
    • Alice Anderson, The Forum for Youth Investment
    • Kal Mannis, Arizona Science Center
    • Yesenia Pérez, Space Telescope Science Institute
    • Erin Thelen, Association of Science and Technology Centers


  • AI ASAP: How to Amplify Existing Hands-On Activities to Start Sharing AI Concepts with Learners
    Saturday September 28, 2024
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    • Christina Leavell, Arizona State University, National Informal STEM Education Network;
    • Catherine McCarthy, Arizona State University
    • Darrell Porcello, Children's Creativity Museum
    • Keith Ostfeld, Children's Museum of Houston
    • James Harold, Space Science Institute
    • Anne Holland,Space Science Institute



  • Reflecting on Co-Creation: Learning from MuseumCommunity Organization Partnerships Working Together to Develop Locally-Relevant Experiences
    • Allison Anderson, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Sonya Harvey-Justiniano, Museum of Science,Boston
    • Sarah Lukowski, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, Museum of Science, Boston