WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 25, 2019 – The Association of Science and Technology Centers, the professional association for science centers and museums, awarded American Museum of Science & Technology with the new Overcomer Award during the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference in Toronto.
Now in their 15th year, the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented annually to recognize accomplishments in business practice, visitor experience, and leadership in science centers and museums around the globe. Sponsored by Group Delphi, the awards honor the late Roy L. Shafer, a former science center director, Association of Science and Technology Centers president, organizational coach, and mentor to many institutions and people in the science center and museum field. A 14-member jury of science center and museum professionals reviewed and selected the award recipients.
The new award category for 2019, The Overcomer, celebrates an Association of Science and Technology Centers-member science center or museum that has successfully surmounted a significant and specific challenge.
The American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge needed to move from its 54,000-square-foot facility into an 18,000-square-foot space with state-of-the-art new exhibits. To engage its community in the move, the museum developed collaborations and partnerships that melded a science-rich local history, civic pride, culture, and enthusiasm for STEM engagement into something uniquely Oak Ridge.
Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, community leaders, museum professionals and volunteers were enlisted to help design the new, smaller space and create five locally-flavored-with-global-significance science exhibitions along with the popular and interactive stations from the old building. Working with the local scientific, historical, cultural, tourism and community organizations, the museum co-created new festivals, spaces for community groups to exhibit their works every three months, and events featuring scientists within the community. This new approach has launched the museum on a new course to becoming a premiere destination and an important fixture in a science tourism ecosystem that includes other important science and history sites in the region.
For more information, visit www.amse.org.
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