Thursday, October 11, 2012

Off to Columbus for ASTC 2012

The annual gathering of the international science center clans is coming up in Columbus, Ohio for the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) conference.

I'm happy to be attending the conference and presenting on one of my favorite topics: Prototyping!  

If you're in Columbus for the ASTC Conference, be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday the 14th starting at 2:15 p.m. in Rooms C123-125 of the Convention Center.  I'll be part of a rollicking session entitled:

Do You Want to Touch Me There?

From the conference program:   “Prototype” is a slippery term, but the “down and dirty” physical nature of both the prototyping process and products are essential.  Join an eclectic group of passionate exhibit makers for this showcase to examine hands-on prototype examples followed by a group discussion of practical ways for creating good prototyping experiences."

C'mon,  it's worth going to this just for the Session Title alone!

My session "show and tell" will focus on both the low-tech (Be an Office Supply Ninja!) and high-tech (Using physical computing interfaces like MaKey MaKey) aspects of exhibit prototyping.

I'll also be kicking off a cool new "Pop-up Maker Space" project in Columbus with Brad Larson of Brad Larson Media and Jim Polk of Canstruct.  We'll be showing off some fun new ways that your museum can tap into the Maker and DIY movements sweeping the planet.   (Sneak peak in the photo at the top of this post!) Your visitors will make cool projects, share their ideas, and continue creating at home with our Pop-up Maker Space exhibits and materials!  Come visit Booth 812 in the ASTC Exhibit Hall for more info and a free project to play with at home.

Last but not least, I'll be doing my best to post conference updates via Twitter (@museum_exhibits) and a conference wrap-up when I get back home.  So stay tuned!

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