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Free For All! "ScholarShare Free Second Sundays" renewed at The Tech Museum

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009
The Tech Museum will once again offer free admission to its regular galleries on the second Sunday of each month for an entire year, thanks to a sponsorship by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, California's official 529 Plan, and Fidelity Investments. "ScholarShare Free Second Sundays" encourage community access to the museum, introducing and inspiring minds to the wonders of science and technology on the second Sunday of each month. This is the second year that ScholarShare and Fidelity have sponsored these free days. "This sponsorship makes it possible for us to reach a broader, more diverse swath of inquisitive visitors who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see our one-of-a-kind galleries and cutting-edge exhibits," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the ScholarShare College Savings Plan and Fidelity Investments, both of which are unmistakable in their support of science and technology education." Free Sunday admission to The Tech Museum's regular galleries begins October 11, 2009 and continues through September 2010. It does not include admission to IMAX or to special exhibitions, such as STAR TREK®: THE EXHIBITION. Regular admission to the museum is $10 and includes one IMAX movie. An additional movie is $5. "The Tech Museum does a great job of making learning fun and showing students the importance of science and technology," said State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, chair of the ScholarShare Investment Board. "Getting kids excited about school helps motivate them to pursue a lifetime of learning. That's important in the global economy since it's proven that a college degree paves the way to better jobs, higher earnings and increased opportunities. I encourage all parents and families to visit The Tech Museum and use College Savings Month to develop a plan to pay for their children's higher education expenses." The ScholarShare College Savings Plan is designed to help California families save to meet the rising costs of higher education. It is offered by the ScholarShare Investment Board, an agency of the State of California, and managed by Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest providers of financial services. ScholarShare, which offers parents and others a tax-advantaged way to save for their children's future college education at virtually all accredited colleges and universities nationwide, provides a variety of benefits including federal and state income tax-free withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses, professional money management, affordable investment minimums and low impact on financial aid eligibility. For operating hours, directions and more information please go to our website at www.thetech.org or call 408-294-8324. About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The 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 such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. About the ScholarShare Investment Board The ScholarShare Investment Board is the seven-member body that sets the investment policies and oversees all activities for the ScholarShare college savings programs, the State of California's Internal Revenue Code Section 529 college savings plans. The ScholarShare programs enable California families of all incomes to save for college. There is a plan sold directly to the public (ScholarShare College Savings Plan), and one sold exclusively through financial advisors (ScholarShare Advisor College Savings Plan). As of August 31, 2009, ScholarShare, collectively, holds more than $3.12 billion in assets with more than 251,000 accounts opened since inception. For more information about the ScholarShare Investment Board, visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/scholarshare About Fidelity Investments Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.0 trillion, including managed assets of more than $1.4 trillion as of August 31, 2009. Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits outsourcing services to over 20 million individuals and institutions as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. The firm is the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, the largest mutual fund supermarket and a leading online brokerage firm. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com. Please carefully consider the Plan's investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. For this and other information on any 529 College Savings Plan managed by Fidelity, call or write to Fidelity for a free Fact Kit, or view online. Read it carefully before you invest or send money. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and may be subject to market volatility and fluctuation. Contact: Roqua Montez Senior Manager Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org