Upcoming workshops

ASTC has partnered with Saint Louis Science Center to bring you a two-day workshop, Thursday–Friday, May 3–4, exploring the both the possibilities and the challenges faced when integrating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and robotics into informal education programs and exhibitions.

Inspiration on the Cutting Edge

During this hands-on workshop, participants will

  • Explore ways that technology is being used to enhance the visitor experience at different cultural institutions in St. Louis.
  • Hear from informal education researchers who are studying the effects of technology on learning.
  • Discover how partnering with local startup companies can bring new technologies and attract new audiences.
  • Consider solutions to some of the barriers around adding “new tech” to programs and exhibitions.

The focus of this event is on both practical “how-tos” and the ethical and philosophical implications of bringing emerging technologies to your visitors. A showcase of tech innovations that you can bring to your museum for under $1,000 is another key take-away.

Offsite explorations include attending Venture Café, a weekly event in St. Louis’s Cortex Innovation Community that attracts new and existing members of the innovation community. You can also choose to extend your experience into the evening First Friday festival at the science center. Join your colleagues and tech-inquisitive St. Louis citizens for Movie Magic, the first St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival!

About Our Speakers

Chad Lane

H. Chad Lane is an associate professor of educational psychology and informatics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the design, use, and impacts of intelligent technologies for informal learning. He has more than 70 publications in a variety of areas, including intelligent tutoring, educational games, immersive technologies, and narrative-based learning environments. Lane has ongoing collaborations with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami; and the Glasgow Science Centre in Scotland. He has collaborated in the past with the Museum of Science, Boston, and The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. His doctorate is in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh (2004), and prior to joining the University of Illinois, he spent ten years as a research scientist at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Keith Miller

Keith W. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in mathematics, and a doctorate in computer science. He taught computer science for many years, and is now a member of the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Miller has hundreds of papers, presentations, and invited talks that he has authored or co-authored. As the Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences, he is working with the Saint Louis Science Center and other community partners to inspire students from “K to grey” to becoming engaged with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Miller’s research areas include computer ethics, online education, and software testing.

Register Now

Click here to register for this limited-enrollment workshop before all the spaces are filled.

  • Dates:
    Thursday, May 3, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    (Optional) First Friday event 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Location:
    Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Fee:
    $350 per person ($295 per person for ASTC members)
    10% discount for additional attendees from the same institution.
  • Hotel:
    Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, 5650 Oakland Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
    We have arranged for a hotel block with rooms at $164 (plus tax) per night.
    Reserve your room by Saturday, April 21, to receive the group rate.
    Reservations can be made online, or call (314) 655-3993 and mention the group code “ASTC workshop at the Saint Louis Science Center.”