ASTC 2018 Conference Recap

Kayla Berry, Museum of Science
NISE Network

This year's 2018 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference was another great opportunity for NISE Network partners and colleagues to reunite through participation in workshops and conference sessions, activities in the exhibit hall and Network booth, as well as at the annual NISE Network Partner Breakfast.

Over the past four years the NISE Network has expanded it's efforts to support learning about STEM topics from focusing only on nanoscale science to now covering synthetic biology, chemistry, and Earth and space science. The Network has also been involved in other projects relating to sustainability, emerging technologies, societal responsibility and scientific ethics. With each new project, the NISE Network's partner base continues to expand and become more diversified, which brings new, exciting potential to the Network as a whole. Currently, over 400 partner organizations represented by all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico are involved in ongoing Network projects and activities. 

Take a look at the NISE Network ASTC event page for these conference resources and more:

  • Annual NISE Network Partner Breakfast slides: Learn about the Network's current state of project work and the next potential topic: the brain! Pictures also posted from the partner breakfast
  • NISE Network booth: The full Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was on display at the booth this year providing partners a sneak peak at the exhibition and the chance to play and explore the exhibition themselves. Fifty-two (52) identical copies of the exhibition have been awarded to successful applicants. See pictures from the booth and a video created by the ASTC videographer
  • Conference sessions: Presentation slides and handouts from some partner-related sessions are available to view and download
  • ASTC video of Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues Luncheon: Discussion moderated by Rae Ostman, ASU and NISE Network


Network partners explore Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition at NISE Network booth

Jayatri Das from The Franklin Institute presenting at the NISE Network Partner Breakfast 


Dr. Darrell Porcello from the Children's Creativity Museum and NISE Network presented at NASA's Hyperwall about the Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project, which is funded through NASA. Learn more about the project and opportunity for partners to get involved