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Bring Out Your Inner Inventor This Summer @ The Tech

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 15 June, 2005
This summer at The Tech, it's all about trying your hand as an inventor. From Invention @ Play – a new exhibit celebrating the roots that playing has in becoming an inventor, to IDEA House – unique floor programs that will spark your ingenuity and creativity, to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in IMAX, The Tech wants you to cultivate your inner inventor all summer long! "The Tech inspires kids to be the next generation of innovators, and we're particularly excited to spend the whole summer focused on the theme of being an inventor," said Yolanda Canny, Tech Museum VP of Marketing. "Exhibits and programs this season will encourage visitors to ask questions, to tinker, and to dream up some of the next great inventions." Invention @ Play What do the inventors behind Post-it Notes®, Kevlar®, Velcro® and the microwave oven have in common with children|@ Play! Play and its connection to the innovative mind are now open for exploration through September 5 at The Tech. Invention at Play focuses on the similarities between the way children and adults play and the creative processes used by innovators in science and technology. IDEA House How can you design tools to make your life easier and more exciting|@ Find out by visiting IDEA House, a unique programming space filled with hands-on activities and challenges to put your ideas into overdrive. Design contraptions to spice up delivery of snacks from the kitchen to the couch, devise a Fido Fling that will save you from having to play fetch with your dog over and over, and a lot more. Pick up an activity kit to continue innovating at home. IDEA House will be at The Tech through September 5. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in IMAX Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is likely the tastiest IMAX Film ever! Opening July 15, acclaimed director Tim Burton and Academy Award winner Johnny Depp brings this Roald Dahl Classic to the IMAX Dome's 8-story screen. Join Charlie as he explores the factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, and all his sweet inventions. Additional information Tickets to The Tech Museum of Innovation's galleries and IMAX are $10, $8 and $7 each for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. Combo tickets (galleries and one IMAX film) are available for $16, $15, $13 for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. The Tech is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Invention at Play is made possible through the generous support of The Lemelson Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The exhibit is sponsored by The Tech Emeritus Board. Major funding for IDEA House provided by Adobe Systems Incorporated and in-kind support provided by the IKEA store in East Palo Alto. About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, at 201 S. Market Street. For more information, visit our website at www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH. ###