Who We Are


American Science and Technology Center Partnership

Our History of Inspiring Children

Organizational History
American Science and Technology Center (ASTC) enjoys a long history and track record of accomplishments, including National coverage prior to this new exciting phase. The Classroom of the Future, DBA Spaceship Discovery, was created in 1995 and then incorporated in 1999. In 1995, Floyd Holt and his Physics students, created the world’s first Spaceship Classroom - The First of its kind High-Tech, Space Station style classroom with a unified theme. In 2000, all of the equipment was transitioned to 2 iterations of the Spaceship Discovery Center until 2004.  American Sci-Tech Center seeks to create a Prototype in 2017 for the proposed American Sci-Tech Center Campus in East Fishkill, NY.  The ASTC Organization may be based in the Hudson Valley Region of NY State, but has local, regional, national and perhaps, worldwide goals


Background
We have a 40 year track record of imaginative ways to learn. This unique attraction will offer a rare opportunity for lifelong learning, bridging the gap between book learning and real life experience. Families will be able to participate together in the wholesome, educational, and interactive adventure while discovering new and exciting dimensions in science.
All of these are being created in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State. All will be amazed when this new fantastic attraction is experienced several years from now.


Projects and Timeline

The World’s First Spaceship Classroom
The American Sci-Tech is the culmination of many years of inspiration and effort. Floyd holt, who was then a Physics Teacher in Hyde Park, NY, wanted to give his students much more than the standard program.

The Spaceship ClassroomIn 1995, during a distinguished career spanning 40 years in public schools and colleges, he and his students created the world’s first Classroom of the Future which evolved into the Spaceship Classroom.



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The Creation of the first Prototype
This classroom soon took on new dimensions and grew beyond the walls of the school. Upon his retirement a number of students said: “Mr. Holt you have devoted your entire career to helping others. Is there any way you can turn all of your creations into a Museum to perpetuate this great work in the future?” Thus in 2000 a 1200 sq ft space was transformed into the first museum prototype and test site. The visitors that came were amazed and based on the incredible response it was decided to move forward on a 10,000 ft sq version.


The Spaceship Discovery Science and Technology Center
The first Spaceship Discovery Science and Technology Center was greeted with enthusiasm and excitement by all who visited. Subsequently, the phase ii museum hosted 60,000 visitors from 2002 to 2004. Local educational, social, and business entities embraced it as “interactive,” “real world,” “tactile,” “mentally stimulating,” “brilliant,” and “entertaining.”


Awards and other recognitions
As a result of his innovative efforts, Floyd Holt was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2006. Other significant recognitions he has earned include being named a Walt Disney American Teacher in Science for the United States; a Princeton Woodrow Wilson National Fellow; a Physics Teacher Resource Agent for the United States; a Rutgers University National Master Teacher; a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Master Teacher in Science; and member of the All-USA Teacher Team for the United States. He has been subsequently inducted into the Superman Hall of the Immortals.


Values
As a national resource for science and technology education, we want all visitors to learn science through unique methods beyond the traditional textbook. We strive to encourage lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. We seek to develop the minds of future thinkers and inventors who will compete in the ever-expanding global marketplace for technology and innovation.


Our Quest
To engage people of all ages and backgrounds in science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought and inspire action. The sci-tech will do this through content and programs to inspire people, inventions and a mind-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation.

 

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