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ASTC Annual Conference 2017

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San Jose, CA

ASTC 2017 will be hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, October 21–24, 2017.

The NISE Network will have many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference.

More information:

Booth and Exhibit Hall

The NISE Network will have a booth in the exhibit hall featuring public engagement activities and resources including information about upcoming projects opportunities.

  • Booth #527
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:45am-6:15pm
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9am-6pm

NISE Network Partner Breakfast

ASTC 2017 breakfast flyer

The NISE Network is hosting a breakfast for staff from partner institutions (no need to RSVP)

  • Monday, October, 23, 2017
    7:30 - 9:00 AM
    Location: Blossom Hill room at the San Jose Marriott

Staff from NISE Net partner institutions are invited to an informal breakfast to learn about new project opportunities and to meet and talk with other Network partners from across the country.



Frankenstein 200 Kit Professional Development Workshop

Invitation-only workshop for partners receiving Frankenstein 200 kits

  • Wednesday October 18, 2017 - optional pre-workshop dinner
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    8am - 2pm
    San Jose Marriott
    questions - contact Bob Beard, [email protected]


The following sessions are related to NISE Network projects and efforts:

  • Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    My Sky Tonight: Engaging Young Children in the Science of Astronomy 
    • Preregistration required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $65 per person (includes breakfast and lunch).
    • Session Leader: Anna Hurst, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    • Presenters:
      • Danielle Bardellini, Astronomical Society of the Pacific,
      • Michele Crowl, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania
      • Maureen Callanan, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • Friday, October 20, 2017: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
    Early Science Learning – resources, tools and activities to help adults support children’s science learning
    • Preregistration required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $20 per person (includes afternoon snack).
    • Session Leader: Michelle Kortenaar, Sciencenter
    • Presenters:
      • Miriam Krause, Maryland Science Center,
      • Melissa Thomas, Saint Louis Science Center,
      • Ellen Blinderman, Lawrence Hall of Science,
      • Zoe Peters, Bay Area Discovery Museum,
      • Laurinda Willard, Turtle Bay Exploration Park,
      • Cheryl Juarez, Frost Science Museum,
      • Victoria Fiordalis, Sciencenter, 
      • Bethany Resnick, Sciencenter



  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
    Getting to Purple – Engaging Audiences in dialogue on challenging issues 
    • Session Leader: Megan Pratt, The Pensacola MESS Hall
    • Presenters:
      • Elisabeth Demke, Gateway to Science,
      • Becca Hatheway, National Center for Atmospheric Research/UCAR,
      • Andrew Lloyd, International Centre for Life,
      • Brindha Muniappan, MIT Museum
      • David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science


  • Saturday, October 21, 2017, 4:30 PM-5:45 PM
    Demo Fail! Learn from our mistakes
    • Session Leader: Stephanie Long, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Presenters:
      • Anika Taylor, The Bakken Library and Museum,
      • Karine Thate, Museum of Science,
      • Keith Ostfeld, Children's Museum of Houston,
      • JJ Leissing, Orlando Science Center,
      • Iboun Morrison, New York Hall of Science,
      • Paul Taylor, The Franklin Institute
      • PaulMichael Maxfield, Natural History Museum of Utah


  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    Immersive Visualizations Using NASA Data: Resources, Tools, and Techniques 
    • Session Leader: Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center
    • Session Moderator: Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center
    • Presenters:
      • Ryan Wyatt, California Academy of Sciences,
      • Emily Law, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Carter Emmart, American Museum of Natural History


  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    NASA Resources for You! (Poster Presentation)
    • Session Leader: Beverly Girten, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • Presenters:
      • Amelia Chapman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Leslie Lowes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


  • Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3:00 PM-4:15 PM
    You Asked NASA For Resources; Here They Are
    • Session Leader: Patricia Moore, NASA
    • Session Moderator: Patricia Moore, NASA
    • Presenters:
      • Patricia Moore, NASA,
      • Kirk Pierce, National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
      • William Harris, Space Center Houston,
      • Bryan Debates, Space Foundation
      • Tiffany Farmer, Adventure Science Center





  • Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
    Anti-Fragile Museums: How to Never Waste a Good Crisis
    • Session Leader: Charlie Trautmann, Sciencenter
    • Presenters:
      • Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center,
      • Dr. Rae Ostman, Science Museum of Minnesota,
      • Marcos Stafne, Montshire Museum of Science,
      • Linda Conlon, International Centre for Life,
      • Daniel Rother, Pacific Science Center
      • Kim Herlev, Experimentarium


NISE Network Happy Hour

ASTC 2017 happy hour flyer

NISE Network partners are invited to gather together informally (no need to RSVP); all are welcome!

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    4:30 - 6:00 PM

    San Pedro Square Market, 87 North San Pedro Street in Downtown San Jose

    Choose from food/drink at over 20 different vendors, and then come sit with your NISE Net friends  - look for our banner in the seating area!