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Amgen Foundation awards nearly $25,000 for science education at The Tech Museum of Innovation Hundreds of students to benefit

Press Release Date 
Friday, 20 February, 2009
A range of science and technology programs at The Tech Museum - including the acclaimed science contest Tech Challenge - got a financial shot in the arm with a $23,500 grant from the Amgen Foundation. The grant will be used in support of The Tech Museum's Year-round 2nd Classroom, which extends students' classroom learning through interactive, hands-on labs, science-based projects, after-school programs and internships at the museum. Specifically, the funds will be channeled to the Tech Challenge and The Tech Museum's design-challenge labs, which involve learning about structural engineering, solar energy, physics and electricity. Tech Challenge is the museum's annual team challenge for youth in grades 5 - 12. Designed to provide months of science and math team learning, the challenge involves a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. "This grant allows The Tech Museum to continue to offer its high-quality educational programs to increasing numbers of students and youth," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. "We welcome the Amgen Foundation's generosity and look forward to a lasting partnership as we continue our mission to spread science and technology education and inspire the next generation of innovators." The Amgen Foundation, which is dedicated to creating and supporting science education programs aimed at encouraging students to explore a future in the field, hopes to improve access to resources for students and teachers and raise the community's understanding of the value of science literacy. "We are happy to support the efforts of The Tech Museum and recognize the role it plays in our community, feeding imagination and curiosity, and educating people of all ages about science and technology," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org. About the Amgen Foundation The Amgen Foundation (www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html) seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made more than $125 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also supported disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally. Contact: Roqua Montez Senior Manager Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org