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ASTEN (Australasian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network) is a network of science centres and related organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Science and Technology Exhibitors Network
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Lisa Wiese, ASTEN’s caretaker Executive Officer, no longer works for Scitech. I’m Rod Thiele, Scitech’s new Executive Projects Manager, and I’ve taken over Lisa’s responsibilities in this area. Please drop me an email (email@example.com) to say Hi and tell me what’s happening in your patch. If you have any news, it would be great to post it on this page.
2016 Membership invoices will be issued very shortly. I know you’ve all been waiting for these and I apologise for the delay in issuing them.
We are excited to confirm that Scitech will host the next ASTEN workshop in Perth over 17-18 November 2016. The workshop is likely to feature guest presenters on topics such as reaching different audiences, exhibition design and impact evaluation. Spring is a great time to visit Perth, and enjoy its wildflowers, fine weather, golden beaches and excellent science centres! More details to follow. Please mark it in your diaries today and plan to attend or send a representative.
We know bad weather improves visitation to science centres, but 80mm of rain would have made it difficult to visit anything! We're glad that weather conditions on the East side of Australia have returned to 'normal' for this time of year.
Science Showbags! Much more entertaining than chocolate frogs. What a great way to be part of a local community event.
Can science explain happiness? High school students in WA took part in the international science centre project Picture Happiness on Earth, with Scitech representing Australia. See their thoughts captured in some intriguing videos.
We love it when science communicators take on the world to share their passion!
22-26 March 2017 - pop it into your calendars. Science-tourism, yes please!
In March, science communicator Saba Sinai attended the ASTEN Conference. He provided a wonderfully insightful report to ASTEN - here is a snippet: "The ASTEN Meet was a great opportunity for members of the Central Highlands Science Centre to connect with other science and technology exhibitors and educators from around Australia and New Zealand. As a small science centre in rural Queensland, whose membership consists of two part-time payed staff and more than half a dozen volunteers, we relished the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the ASTEN community. "The theme of the meet was ‘Making Matters’ and provided attendees with the opportunity to better understand the maker movement and the contribution that it can make to advancing science and technology education and engagement. The maker movement allows for science, maths and technology to be explored in a hands-on, practical, cost-effective and enjoyable way, accessible to all. "Particularly appealing to the Central Highlands Science Centre is the maker movement’s ability to engage children with various passions and talents in the exploration of science and technology and to demonstrate their application in every day life. The Centre holds a weekly Science Club for primary school-aged children every term and we are constantly exploring ways in which we can provide stimulating and exciting programs to our Science Club participants outside of the school environment. Innovation, scientific thought, manual arts, the visual arts all combine to contribute to a maker space that nurtures a child’s appreciation and understanding of science, maths and technology."
Happy 1st Birthday to the UOW discovery space for children!
It's National Volunteer Week in Australia and we get to recognise the hundreds (literally) of volunteers that help us inspire others with STEM. NZ celebrates National Volunteer Week next month.
Happy Mothers Day Mums! Many of our members are celebrating with a special touch for the day, such as free entry for mothers (Scitech & Science Centre Wollongong), craft activities (UOW Early Start Discovery Space) and presents that mothers would love (Discovery Centre Bendigo). Does free entry work? At Scitech, offering free entry to mothers on Mothers Day has increased revenue by 25% since it was introduced three years as it attracts more visitors.
Turning bored into board games ... Questacon have evolved family time with this new release:
Children with autism are welcomed at a special event at the Sciencentre in Brisbane. Sciensensory Day is not just a beautiful day, it has proved to be very popular, selling out in 2014 and 2015. See: http://www.sciencentre.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Events/2016/05/Sciensensory+Day#.Vyil6mbAumR
Assistant Minister for Science Hon Karen Andrews dropped into the Central Highlands Science Centre yesterday. A supporter of science centres, she has visited many across the country.
A science show on tinkering and inventing - we're excited to see that!!!
'Dead Stuffed Things' - our friends at the Newcastle Museum telling it like it is :-)
Puppets - such a great education medium! Our members at the UOW Early Start Discovery Space have just installed a Puppet Show exhibit for visitors to create their own shows. In Scitech's permanent Puppet Theatre, science communicators are performing 'What's That Sound?'. There will be dinosaur puppets at Scienceworks' Little Kids Day In next weekend, and to learn about education through puppetry, Questacon are hosting a 'meet the puppet designer' workshop on May 4!
What does a trampoline dodgeball enthusiast, jazz singer and science communicator have in common? They will all be on the panel of Storytelling in Science at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney on 30 April 2016. It looks to be surprising! https://maas.museum/event/the-storytelling-of-science/
“The best thing for innovation is to invest in talent” says Dr Karl Kruszeincki. Great to see him at the Discovery Centre in Bendigo!
We love it when teachers continue the momentum after a school excursion or incursion. When the Roadshow NZ visits schools they provide teachers with an all-in-one resource book, full of activities, tips and suggestions. The 2016 resource book is free to download for ideas at http://www.roadshow.org/content/scienceRoadshow/resources.php
Putting the A in STEAM!
Cute clip on learning at the Early Start Discovery Space in Wollongong.
Adults-only events continue to be popular in science centres. Scitech's April 'After Dark' has sold out and the May event is 30% sold. Also in May is Questacon's 'Sperms and Germs' adults event. Opinions on adults events in science centres are captured in this article: http://www.astc.org/astc-dimensions/should-science-centers-prioritize-adult-oriented-programs-what-are-the-benefits-and-challenges-of-such-programs/
(i) To encourage cooperation amongst science and technology centres, museums and other organisations which utilise an interactive approach to further the public understanding of science and technology; (ii) To act as an advocate for the roles and activities of member organisations; (iii) To act as the Australasian focus and clearinghouse for information about the collective activities of member organisations; (iv) To encourage and facilitate the exchange of interactive exhibits and exhibitions between member organisations; (v) To share information on the wide range of activities of member organisations.
(i) organising professional development seminars, conferences and workshops for member organisations; (ii) arranging opportunities for skill sharing between staff of member organisations (iii) sharing good practice and developing industry standards (iv) collecting and disseminating relevant information within member organisations by way of a regular communication (v) representing member organisations in national, regional and international events and programs; (vi) providing a forum for information exchange about touring exhibitions (vii) providing a directory of members showcasing their areas of expertise or specialisation (viii) liaising with other similar Australian, New Zealand and international networks (ix) facilitating the provision of professional assistance and advice (x) facilitating the establishment of special interest groups appropriate to member organisations.
To join the ASTENetwork or for more information please contact the ASTEN Executive .