The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation's premier science and technology museums, today announced "ScholarShare Free Second Sundays," offering free admission to The Tech's regular museum galleries on the second Sunday of each month beginning September 14.
The program is co-sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, California's official 529 Plan, and Fidelity Investments to provide greater access to The Tech, a rich educational resource for the community especially focused on science and technology. While The Tech already offers field trips for free, the renewed Free Second Sundays program extends free admission beyond the weekday school group to the public at large.
"This exemplifies The Tech's goal to inspire innovation and provide meaningful educational experiences for Silicon Valley," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech. "By opening the doors of The Tech once a month at no charge, we hope many more people will take advantage of all the museum has to offer. We applaud the ScholarShare College Savings Plan and Fidelity Investments for their dedication to education and the community."
"I'm pleased ScholarShare can help open the doors of The Tech and extend access to its vast educational resources," said California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, chairman of the ScholarShare Investment Board. "As a former teacher, I know how important it is to expose our children to new and exciting forms of learning. As a parent, I know that to ensure our children have the opportunity to obtain a college degree and enjoy a lifetime of learning, it's crucial to plan and save early for college expenses. ScholarShare can help families make this investment in the future."
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. The Plan, 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.
The ScholarShare Free Second Sundays program begins September 14 and runs through September 2009 (except August). It does not include admission to IMAX or to special exhibits, such as "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future," but does include performances in the presentation theater and all of the added floor programs that enhance the gallery experience. For operating hours, directions and more information, visit www.thetech.org
or call 408-294-8324.
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. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, 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 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). ScholarShare, collectively, holds more than $3 billion in assets in more than 220,000 accounts. For more information about the ScholarShare Investment Board, visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/scholarshare
About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits outsourcing services to 24 million individuals and institutions as well as through 5,500 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, including the 23 investor center locations in California, visit www.fidelity.com
Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and may be subject to market volatility and fluctuation.
Please carefully consider a 529 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 one online at www.fidelity.com
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