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Tech Challenge 2009 gets major boost

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 12 March, 2009
In keeping with its tradition of earnest support for The Tech Museum of Innovation, SAP America Inc., presented a significant gift to the museum's signature science education program, Tech Challenge, becoming a Founding Corporate Sponsor. SAP, a leading international business software company, has consistently provided financial support to The Tech, aiding its foremost programs - Tech Challenge and the international technology honors gala, The Tech Awards. SAP's 2009 donation to Tech Challenge is nearly double what the company gave to support the program in 2008 and 2007. "SAP believes that giving back to the communities in which we operate is an important part of being a responsible corporate citizen. Our focus on helping to enhance the math and science educational opportunities for under-served groups is one of the ways practice this community outreach. The Tech Challenge is a fantastic vehicle to spark the creativity of young minds through build excitement in math and science education. SAP is pleased to increase our support of this exciting event hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation." says SAP Senior Vice President and Board Member of The Tech, Roger Quinlan. Tech Challenge is an annual team-design challenge for youth in grades 5 through 12. Now in its 22nd year, the signature program introduces and reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. The 2009 challenge: Explore the Volcano! Students must design a flying device to transport a sensor to the top or inside rim of a volcano. "Tech Challenge represents the best opportunity for students to work in a team environment, pooling their creative and intellectual experiences to come up with winning solutions to actual problems," said Peter Friess, president of The Tech. "Thanks to generous gifts from donors like SAP, The Tech continues to be able to influence youth to follow careers into science and technology and to encourage them to use their innovations for the betterment of humankind." The project-based nature of Tech Challenge makes it unique from any other science-based program or competition for youth. It culminates in Tech Challenge Event Day, when all teams come together to demonstrate their solutions. An awards ceremony recognizing areas from "Best Overall Solution" to "Most Spectacular Failure" follows the event. For more information about the Tech Challenge, visit: www.techchallenge.thetech.org About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech - 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, the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., and the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org. About SAP SAP is the world's leading provider of business software (SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With approximately 76,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Business Objects) in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol "SAP." For more information, visit www.sap.com. Contact: Roqua Montez Senior Manager Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org