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<b>The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events<br> December 2004/January 2005</b>

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 7 December, 2004

GENERAL INFORMATION
HOURS: The Tech is open Tuesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRICING: $9.50, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324), www.thetech.org
LOCATION: The Tech is located in downtown San Jose at the corner of Park Ave and Market St near I-280 and Hwy 87. Easily accessible via Light Rail, Bus, Car, Caltrain

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FRESH @ THE TECH

The Polar Express Now Playing
All aboard The Polar Express before it chugs out of The Tech's Hackworth IMAX Dome. The Polar Express, based on the popular children|!s book, stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and stop-motion photography to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, it tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Experience IMAX's eight story screen and 13,000 watts of digital surround sound.

Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey Film Opens January 20
Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey explores rhythm across varied continents and cultures -- guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the stage hit STOMP. Travel around the world with us to meet artists such as Timbalada of Brazil, the Kodo drummers of Japan, the American Indian Dance Theater, and the Jackie Robinson Steppers of New York. Put your finger on the pulse of global beats. Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey was voted Best Film of the Year at the recent Giant Screen Theater Conference in Montreal.

"Amazing Music Studio" Exhibit Opens January 28
"Amazing Music Studio" is an interactive exhibition which explores the science and fun of making music. Step up to make your own music on an oversized floor-keyboard, sing & dance on a stage, and karaoke in the shower. Also test your skills at a DJ mixing table, and by creating a light and sound show. "Amazing Music Studio" mixes playful and thoughtful hands-on activities to show that music is as much about technology as it is talent.

Families Learning Together – Encouraging Girls to Explore "All Things Technical" January 27 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join the final installment of The Tech's "Conversations with Innovative Women in Technology" series – a discussion with Silicon Valley's leading female technologists to encourage girls to pursue the field of technology. Moderated by Chris Shipley, Executive Producer of DEMO. Tickets are $25 for members of any of the partnering organizations and $40 for non members. Registration at the door will be an additional $10. Children ages 12-18 accompanied by an adult can register at the door for $5.

EXHIBITS

"NetPl@net" - A New Tech Exhibit Now Open
Be inspired to use the Internet in new ways and reflect on how it is changing your life through this new hands-on exhibit. Participate in a Virtual Arm Wrestle using haptic technology, express yourself by publishing and posting a web site, take a tour around the globe with our amazing world-wide webcams, and so much more. Extend your visit online with a TechTag bracelet.

"SCREAM MACHINES: The Science of Roller Coasters" Exhibit Closes January 3
Scream Machines is a truly interactive exhibit for the thrill-seeker in all of us. Displays, artifacts, and images encourage visitors to understand the physics of roller coasters, and the physiology and psychology of thrill-seeking. Ride G-Force, conduct experiments to uncover the science of motion, and even build a mini coaster to test physical forces behind design

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Ongoing: Segway Human Transporter
You've seen it in the news, now try it out yourself! Take a ride on the Segway Human Transporter, daily from 2-3 p.m.
*Riders must be over 16 years old and weigh between 100 and 250 pounds*

Second Sundays are Free, Thanks to SBC
SBC and The Tech are offering free unlimited gallery admission to the community the second Sunday of every month throughout 2005! This is a great opportunity to explore the technologies impacting your life. Experience new exhibits like "Net Pl@net," "Genetics: Technology with a Twist," and so much more! With interactive, hands-on exhibits and floor programming, there's something at The Tech to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Free SBC Days
December 12, 2004
January 9, 2005
February 13, 2005

CURRENT IMAX FILMS

Forces of Nature Now Playing
Experience the blood pumping action when the ground shakes, mountains explode and the sky turns black and violent in Forces of Nature. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, this film showcases three scientists striving to understand the origins and behavior of natural disasters -- putting their own lives in danger in the process.

Thrill Ride Now Playing
Thrill Ride is a white-knuckle adventure that will put you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. Thrill Ride not only traces the history of rides, past and present but details how the development of the motion simulator ride has become one of the most exciting innovations in recent film history.

MISSION STATEMENT: 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.

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