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  • Reconstructing STEM in Our Schools

    Bimonthly magazine of the Association of Science-Technology Centers

    November • December 2014

  • Blue Telescope Studios uses technology, storytelling, and design to create engaging interactive exhibits and experiences. From multi-touch and mobile apps to games, quizzes, and social interactives, our innovative solutions use the latest technology to educate, communicate, and connect with your visitors.

    212-675-7702 studios.blue-telescope.com

    INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS IMMERSIVE MULTIMEDIA GAMES & SIMULATIONS ANIMATION & VIDEO MOBILE APPLICATIONS EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

    that open up new worlds

    Digital/Physical Interactive, Caguas Science Center

    Multimedia Experiences

    http://www.studios.blue-telescope.com

  • Dimensions November • December 2014 3

    November • December 2014 contents 20 The Next Generation Science Standards and Informal Science Education By David E. Evans

    23 Embracing the NGSS in Science Centers By Sharon A. Kortman

    27 How Can Museums Help Teachers with the NGSS? By Jim Short

    32 Addressing the Convergence of the NGSS and the Common Core By Vanessa Lujan and Craig Strang

    37 Reaching New Heights with Whole-School Teacher Training By Daniele Paulding Daveline and

    Janina R. Johnkoski

    40 Building Successful Professional Development Collaborations that Support Standards By Sandra Ryack-Bell

    44 Science Centers Support Formal Educators in Times of Change

    Cover: As part of a challenge at the SHIFT Lab professional learning program at TELUS Spark in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, an educator works on building a structure to enable a team member to climb up and reach the ceiling. Photo courtesy TELUS Spark

    5 FROM THE CEO “if a tree falls in the woods . . .”

    6 SPOTLIGHTS curiosity runs wild at

    new Utah museum

    10 NOTES FROM ASTC news from ASTC 2014 and the

    2014 AISL PI Meeting

    16 PEOPLE staff changes and in memoriam

    17 WHAT WE LEARNED the Arctic: bringing it home

    57 GRANTS AND AWARDS 58 Q&A

    taking science beyond lab coats

    with Rabiah Mayas

    features

    departments

    Blue Telescope Studios uses technology, storytelling, and design to create engaging interactive exhibits and experiences. From multi-touch and mobile apps to games, quizzes, and social interactives, our innovative solutions use the latest technology to educate, communicate, and connect with your visitors.

    212-675-7702 studios.blue-telescope.com

    INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS IMMERSIVE MULTIMEDIA GAMES & SIMULATIONS ANIMATION & VIDEO MOBILE APPLICATIONS EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

    that open up new worlds

    Digital/Physical Interactive, Caguas Science Center

    Multimedia Experiences Teachers visit an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, to learn how to use museum resources to enhance their teaching. Photo by J.B. Spector/ Museum of Science and Industry

    48 Teaching STEM with Real- World Relevance in Singapore By TM Lim

    51 South African Education 20 Years into Democracy By David Kramer

    53 Bringing Science Centers to the Forefront in U.S. Education Law By Kevin Frank

  • CHE APBOOKS GREATEST HITS!

    Featuring 30 “classics” from Volumes 1, 2, and 3

    plus 10 all new cheap exhibit hits! EDITED BY: Paul Orselli

    Volume 16, Number 6

    EDITORIAL

    Anthony (Bud) Rock PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Emily Schuster EDITOR

    Margaret Glass, Wendy Hancock, Larry H. Hoffer, Mary Mathias, Rowena Rae, Christine Ruffo, Sandra Ryack-Bell, Kalie Sacco

    CONSULTING EDITORS

    Christine Ruffo PHOTO EDITOR

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    BUSINESS AND ADVERTISING

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    To advertise in Dimensions, contact David Coutoumanos, (202) 783-7200 x121, dcoutoumanos@astc.org.

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    EDITORIAL ADVISORS

    CONTRIBUTORS Lindsay Bartholomew, Jamie Bell, Jacob Clark-Blickenstaff, Jeff Estes, David E. Evans, Kevin Frank, Larry H. Hoffer, Douglas J. Hrabe, Jessica Jain, Janina R. Johnkoski, Sharon A. Kortman, Nicole Kowrach, David Kramer, TM Lim, Luz

    Lindegaard, Vanessa Lujan, Mary Mathias, Stephanie Nemcsok, Daniele Paulding Daveline, Anthony (Bud) Rock, Sandra Ryack-Bell, Kalie Sacco, Dennis Schatz, Joelle Seligson, Jim Short, Craig Strang, Grace Troxel, Julie Yu

    Dimensions (ISSN 1528-820X) is published six times a year by the Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated, 818 Connecticut Avenue NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006, U.S.A. Copyright © 2014 the Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated. All rights reserved.

    Dimensions is intended to keep member institutions apprised of trends, practices, innovations, perspectives, and news of significance to the science center and museum field. Any paid staff member of an ASTC-member institution can request a free print or electronic subscription at members.astc.org. For nonmembers, print subscriptions are USD 60/USD 70 outside the U.S. (electronic: USD 35). For students, print subscriptions are USD 35/USD 45 outside the U.S. (electronic: USD 29). Students also receive a free subscription to the biweekly INFORMER enewsletter. Students must provide a copy of a valid student ID. Subscribe at www.astc.org/pubs/dimensions.htm or send name, address, and payment in U.S. dollars to ASTC at the above address, Attn: Dimensions Subscriptions. For help, call (202) 783-7200 or email pubs@astc.org. Dimensions is included in EBSCO Publishing’s products. ALTERNATE FORMATS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

    Dimensions is printed on 30% post-consumer paper with environmentally friendly inks. By printing this issue on recycled paper, ASTC has saved the following resources: 1,230 gallons 136 pounds 268 pounds 2,050,965 BTUs wastewater solid waste net greenhouse energy flow saved not generated gases prevented not consumed

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    SPECIAL!! The ASTC Exhibit Cheapbooks Bundles Edited by Paul Orselli ASTC (1995, 1999, 2004, 2014)

    These collections of inexpensive exhibit ideas, now available in PDF format, have been extremely popular and are more afford- able than ever. Perfect for small museums and exhibit developers on a budget, each volume provides construction tips and exhibit schematics for 30 time-tested interactive exhibits.

    You may also purchase The Cheapbook, Cheapbook 2, Cheapbook 3, and the new Cheapbooks Greatest Hits individually as elec- tronic editions by visiting our website below.

    Order your PDF copies of the Cheapbooks to save big time on exhibits!

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    Ganigar Chen National Science Museum,

    Pathumthani, Thailand

    Jonah Cohen The Children’s Museum, West Hartford,

    Connecticut, U.S.A.

    Ayman Elsayed Planetarium Science Center, Bibliotheca

    Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

    R.L. (Chip) Lindsey ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum,

    Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A.

    Rachel Meyer CuriOdyssey, San Mateo, California,

    U.S.A.

    Paul Orselli Paul Orselli Workshop (POW!), Baldwin,

    New York, U.S.A.

    Erika C. Shugart American Society for Microbiology,

    Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

    Julia Tagüeña Centro de Investigación en Energía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de

    México, Morelos, Mexico

    Harry White At-Bristol, Bristol, England, U.K.

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  • Dimensions November • December 2014 5

    Imagine a riddle beginning with the phrase, “If a scientist is hard at work and nobody hears about it . . .” The thought came to me following a recent dinner with friends where someone posed the question on the minds of many these days: Are we prepared for a disease like Ebola, and will science soon provide a vaccine or a cure? No one debated that the solution resides in the application of good science. At issue instead was concern about the capacitie