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ASTC Annual Conference 2018

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Hartford, Connecticut
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The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) had many activities and professional development opportunities at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference. ASTC 2018 was hosted by Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, September 29–October 2, 2018.

More information: http://www.astc.org/conference/


NISE Network Partner Breakfast

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

  • Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
    7:30 am - 9 am
    Marriott Hartford Downtown

    Marriott Rooms A/B
    200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT

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.


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 #518
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m.  - 6:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
Sunday, September 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open

 

 

 


Presentation in Exhibit Hall

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

 


Preconference ASTC Intensives

 

Friday, September 28, 2018; 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Science Center Public Forums: Facilitating Deliberative Conversations about Socio-scientific Issues

  • Preregistration is required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)
  • Session Leader: David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Presenters: 
    • Larry Bell, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Emily Hostetler, Forum Education Associate, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Katie Todd, Research & Evaluation Associate, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Marshall Wilson, Forum Fellow, Museum of Science, Boston

Sessions

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

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018; 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Engaging Children in Science Education EARLY!

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018; 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Re-Inventing Our Genome: Public Engagement Conversations about Rapidly Emerging Technologies and Their Societal Applications

  • Session Leader: David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Presenters: 
    • Max Cawley, Museum of Life and Science
    • Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Erin Thelen, New York Hall of Science

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018: 11:45 AM-1:00 PM

Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues Luncheon
These annual, thought-provoking discussions are presented in the spirit of the founding director of the New York Hall of Science, Queens. Open to all registered attendees. 

The event will reveal how advances in science and technology, open data, and public participation in research will lead to a better understanding of ourselves and help pave the way for improved equity and inclusion in medical care, public policy, and public health
The panelists will also explore how science centers and museums—as trusted local institutions—can have an impact with their communities as people seek knowledge and form opinions about science, health care, biotechnology, and more.

  • Moderated by Rae Ostman, ASU and NISE Network
  • Speakers: Stephanie Devaney NIH and Kafui Dzirasa, Duke University
  • Video from the ASTC videographer of the discussion

 

Monday, October 1, 2018; 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

True Stories and Thoughtful Conversation: Exploring Science and Religion in Museum Programs

  • Session Leader: Rae Ostman, Arizona Science Center (formerly Science Museum of Minnesota)
  • Presenters: 
    • Stephanie Long, Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Darrell Porcello, Children's Creativity Museum
    • Mitchell Sava, Museum of Life and Science
    • Emily Hostetler, Museum of Science, Boston
    • Michael Zirulnik, Arizona State University

 

Monday, October 1, 2018; 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM 

Museum and Library Partnerships: Hands-on STEM Learning for Everyone

  • Session Leader: Rae Ostman, Arizona Science Center (formerly Science Museum of Minnesota)
  • Presenters: 
    • Keliann LaConte, Space Science Institute
    • Julia Skolnik, The Franklin Institute
    • Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter
    • Kendall Wiggin, CT State Library
    • Cheri Grinnell, Kentucky Science Center
    • Anna Hurst, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Monday, October 1, 2018; 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM 

From Thin Mints to Thin Films: Museum Partnerships Engaging the Girl Scouts in STEM Education


NISE Network Happy Hour

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

  • Friday September 28, 2018
    6:00–7:00 p.m.
    Welcome to Hartford Meet-Ups location - Education/Programs
    City Steam Brewery
    942 Main Street, Hartford, CT (860) 525-1600
    http://citysteam.biz
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/city-steam-brewery-cafe-hartford?osq=BREWERY
    About City Steam Brewery… With its upscale casual menu, award winning brewery and historic setting in our 1870’s H.H. Richardson brownstone, City Steam has something for everyone. The Cheney building is regarded as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in the United States. Designed by the architect H.H. Richardson, the building opened in 1877, and housed the largest department store in Connecticut: Brown Thomson and Company.
  • Downloadable happy hour flyer printable PDF
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