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  2004 ASTC Annual Conference
2004 ASTC Annual Conference:
Sustaining Innovation in an Era of Rapid Change
San Jose, California
September 18-21, 2004

The 2004 ASTC Annual Conference was hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in California's legendary Silicon Valley.

Together, conference delegates considered how science centers can advance our missions in a climate of uncertainty, and how we can understand and accommodate the needs of increasingly diverse audiences. More than 140 workshops, speakers, and other sessions afforded an opportunity to pool our collective wisdom on these important issues.

Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, offered his views on how to sustain innovation in an era of rapid change when he addressed the 2004 ASTC Annual Conference.

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley philanthropist, opened the conference in a welcoming chat with journalist Mike Malone. Actor, playwright, and director Luis Valdez, in his keynote address, urged museums to focus on supporting and inspiring young people.

Other featured speakers included Mars Pathfinder project scientist Matthew Golombek; Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum; IDEO co-founder Bill Moggridge; cultural anthropologist Charles Darrah; SETI scientist and 2001 MacArthur Fellow Christopher Chyba; Blackbaud Analytics managing director Lawrence Henze;and Stanford psychologist Barbara Tversky.

Programming at The Tech included networking events, behind-the-scenes tours, and Big Screen Day. A Monday afternoon open house offered an inside view of the neighboring Children's Discovery Museum.

Luis Valdez
Keynote speaker Luis Valdez founded El Teatro Campesino in Delano, California, during the Great Grape Strike of 1965.

Postconference events revolved around the many other ASTC-member institutions located within driving distance of San Jose, including the Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. A trip to Monterey included an open house at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and whale-watching excursion.

Many sessions were recorded. To order audio tapes, visit, or download the following form:

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