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ASTC Annual Conference 2021


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ASTC 2021 Virtual Conference

Virtual Booth and Exhibit Hall

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

ASTC Booth Exhibit Hall Schedule
We will be staffing the booth during the official exhibit hall schedule times:

  • Tuesday, October 5, 1:15–1:45 PM Eastern
  • Tuesday, October 5, 4:30–5:00 PM Eastern
  • Wednesday, October 6, 12:45–1:30 PM Eastern
  • Wednesday, October 6, 2:30–3:00 PM Eastern
  • Thursday, October 7, 12:45–1:15 PM Eastern
  • Thursday, October 7, 3:00–3:30 PM Eastern.


Concurrent Sessions, Posters, and Talks


  • Reigniting Science: finding and collaborating with STEM experts
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021,  4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Eastern 
    What does a scientist look like? Meeting and engaging with scientists in person can affect interest in a topic and make STEM topics more accessible. This session will focus on ways to find and work with STEM experts. We'll provide strategies and tools for creating successful, fun, effective experiences
    • Catherine McCarthy, Project Manager Senior - NISE Network, Arizona State University, Arizona State University
    • Darrell Porcello, Director of National STEM Networks, Children's Creativity Museum
    • Christina Leavell, Manager, Network Projects; NISE Network Midwest Regional Hub, Science Museum of Minnesota


  • Where should the sprinkles go? Co-design strategies for baking equity into public engagement experiences
    Thursday, October 7, 2021, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
    Co-design can help advance equity and social justice in the creation of learning experiences. Co-design involves multiple stakeholders in the ideation and implementation of exhibits, programs, and materials for public engagement. Three projects, working with networks of museums and community-based organizations, share their methods and unpack what worked and didn't.
    • Sherry Hsi, Principal Scientist. BSCS Science Learning
    • Darrell Porcello, Director of National STEM Networks, Children's Creativity Museum
    • Max Cawley, Program Manager: Learning Philosophy & Evaluation, Museum of Life and Science
    • Ali Jackson, Director of Programs & Partnerships, Sciencenter




Learn about upcoming opportunities, events, ways to grow professionally, and inspiring stories from network partners.