The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced it was awarded a grant of $981,928 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support production for the new exhibit "Build Your Internet." This permanent exhibition will enable visitors to explore and problem-solve with network technologies and discover innovative ways to use the Internet.
The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2004 and is being developed and designed in collaboration with a panel of industry advisors. Additional support will be secured to fund the $2,017,894 total cost of the exhibit.
Visitors will be able to take part in this exhibit both inside and outside of the museum. In the exhibit, visitors will be able to play with the latest gadgets and devices connected to the Internet, explore life in a virtual environment and learn about social issues raised by the use of the Internet. At home, visitors will be able to interact with a personal web page created at the museum and take part in online discussions with other Tech visitors.
"In talking to visitors both young and old, we have found that they are intrigued by a chance to explore aspects of the Internet beyond Web surfing and e-mail," said Peter Giles, The Tech President and CEO.
This is the fifth NSF grant received by The Tech. Previous grants supported exhibit planning and fabrication; development of The Tech Teacher Institute training program; and implementation of Tech educational programs in collaboration with industry partners.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency charged with promoting and advancing scientific and engineering progress and understanding throughout the nation. The NSF annually awards $3 billion in grants competitively to educational and other institutions for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.
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. It is located at 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113-2008. For general information, call (408) 294-TECH or visit www.thetech.org