The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives….
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives. Founded in 1973, ASTC now represents over 650 members in nearly 50 countries, including not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children’s museums, as well as companies, consultants, and other organizations that share an interest in informal science education. For more information about ASTC, or to find a science center near you, visit www.astc.org.
BP earned top marks for its efforts to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, placing No. 1 on this year’s list of STEM Jobs Approved Employers. Published by Victory Media, the list is the first of its kind to rate companies on their responsiveness to creating and filling high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.
Helping to inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers for over 60 years, BP is committed to fueling the next generation of innovators.
BP is committed to playing a leading role in securing America’s energy future. This will require cutting-edge innovation and the minds of the brightest scientists and engineers, both of today and tomorrow. As the demographic landscape of the U.S. changes, all students should be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. A strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is essential. BP is doing its part to help improve student access to these fields,, especially among girls and underrepresented minorities.
BP spent more than $60 million in 2012-14 to support STEM education across the U.S. BP’s efforts are focused on investing in teacher training and development and supporting student programs that excite and inspire STEM learning.
ABOUT MITS (Museum Institute for Teaching Science)
MITS is a non-profit Massachusetts based organization providing, high quality professional development for K-12 teachers and informal educators. Through collaborations with over 100 museums, aquaria, nature centers, and other non-profit science education organizations…
ABOUT MITS (Museum Institute for Teaching Science)
MITS is a non-profit Massachusetts based organization providing, high quality professional development for K-12 teachers and informal educators. Through collaborations with over 100 museums, aquaria, nature centers, and other non-profit science education organizations, MITS’ educator workshops and programs increase awareness of and improve the quality of teaching inquiry-based, minds-on, hands-on STEM education. By providing teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to provide effective STEM instruction, MITS’ programs increase student interest and achievement in science, technology and engineering.
Be A Part of Our Initiative
ASTC is soliciting help to find resources to highlight on this website. If you have materials or activities around energy literacy, or examples of exemplary programs in teacher professional development that you would like to be considered for inclusion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to providing online resources and activities, ASTC-member science centers are convening workshops around the country for professional development (PD) providers, and for teachers. Our partner in this initiative, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), will provide the professional development content for K-12 teachers and informal educators.
Two-day workshops are being held in science centers across the United States. Day one is for teacher professional development providers and will focus on effective teaching practices curricula and energy resources for teachers.
Day two will incorporate school teachers in addition to the professional development providers, allowing information and ideas created on the first day to be shared with classroom teachers. This model will create discussion and interaction between informal science learning educators and formal teachers.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Colorado – December 5, 2015
Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Connecticut – March 7-8, 2016
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas – April 13-14, 2016
Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina – May 20-21, 2016
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, Colorado – November 4-5, 2016
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska – TBD
Energy In Our Schools and In Our Communities
The pace of change in the energy production industry is significant. Our children and youth need to be energy literate to make good choices as consumers, and most importantly, as tomorrow’s innovators. Energy literacy spans fundamental physics, industrial processes, and environmental topics, to name a few.
Drawing on the expertise of our science center and museum members, this site provides teachers and families with a portal to concrete resources and activities that will help provide children and youth with a solid grounding in understanding energy and its role in society.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), in partnership with BP America, are teaming up to provide resources for teachers, parents, and children around energy topics that meet widely used curricula including the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).