Find the Cal Academy at ASTC2014: Teen Gamemakers, Bridging Art and Science, Pressure to Scale

I'm so excited to return to the Association of Science and Technology Centers annual conference (ASTC), from October 17-19 in Raleigh, North Carolina!  My youth programs team and I are involved in more sessions and panels than ever. Here's a quick snapshot of where you can find us at the Raleigh convention center. 





Sat 10/18

Teen Gamemakers: Engaging youth with science game design            


Room 305 B   



Youth-proof Your Program! Get vetted by a teen critique panel


Room 304

Mon 10/20

Confronting the Pressure to Scale



Mon 10/20

The Arts/Science Interface: From activities to buy-in


Room 301 A

Mon 10/20

Youth, Connected



 Here's another version as a one-page flyer.

 I'm particularly excited that we will be bringing two of our awesome Digital Learning teens with us to ASTC. Toby and Zachary are veterans of several youth programs at the Cal Academy, very well spoken, creative, and mature.  Here they are introducing themselves for a session they are leading called "Youth Proof Your Program."



Here's the session that they are leading with four other teens from two other museums:

"Youth Proof Your Program"

Saturday October 18, 4:30pm, Room 304

So you think you know how to design innovative youth-programs incorporating digital media? Then step up and prove it! Present your existing program (or one in development) to a panel of youth from museum education programs around the country and the ASTC audience for feedback. Sign-up at

The teens and myself will also be participating in another session where they are presenting a science computer game they helped create called "Mission Fishin."

“Teen Gamemakers: Engaging Youth with Science Game Design”

Saturday, October 18, 11:00 AM, Room 305B

How do you integrate youth into science game design in ways that support youth development, institutional objectives and the larger public? Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the California Academy of Sciences will share the experiences of their adult facilitators and youth designers in science game creation.

If you are coming to ASTC, I hope to see you at one of our sessions. You can also ping me on Twitter if you want to meet up.

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