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Press Release Date 
Sunday, 8 August, 2010
The Tech Museum on Tuesday unveils The Tech Challenge Gallery: Inspiring the Innovator in Everyone, the West Coast's only permanent exhibition featuring Bay Area students who use video to teach visitors a range of simple science concepts from magnetism to levers to circuitry. The gallery, uniquely developed without labels, is the first of its kind to cast students in the role of teachers who then deliver their expertise through video. Visitors can test their knowledge using more than two-dozen clever, hands-on exhibits. "Here, in The Tech Challenge Gallery, science is spoken," says Peter Friess, museum president. "We've developed a cutting-edge way to deliver information in an exciting and bold format. Whether you're a child learning these concepts for the very first time or an adult eager to review his knowledge of science, this gallery is designed to communicate with people at all levels." The gallery takes its name from The Tech Challenge, one of the museum's signature programs. The annual team challenge, for youth in 5th-12th grades, introduces and reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. **************************************************** (Editors: Photo ops and interviews available) WHO: Students whose videos appear in the exhibition, parents and visitors join Dr. Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum and Sandra Yellenberg, science coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education WHAT: Opening reception for The Tech Challenge Gallery: Inspiring the Innovator in Everyone, the West Coast's only permanent exhibition featuring Bay Area students who use video to teach visitors science concepts WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 South Market St., San Jose, CA WHEN: Tuesday, August 10 at 11 a.m. Contact: Roqua Montez, Director of Public Relations, (408) 795-6225, rmontez@thetech.org 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 learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through 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 Spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.