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The Tech Museum of Innovation Calendar of Events: August 2002 through December 2002

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 20 August, 2002
Throughout the summer, The Tech is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tech will be closed September 3 – October 3 Beginning October 4, The Tech is closed all non-holiday Mondays through March. For general information: (408) 294-TECH (8324), www.thetech.org Current Temporary Exhibit Imagination Playground, Through January 5, 2003 We all need to exercise our imaginations. Playing with technology is a great way to stretch your mind and prepare yourself to be an innovator of tomorrow. Imagination Playground, a new exhibition created by The Tech, features unique high-tech play experiences that'll give your imagination a workout! Current IMAX Films Space Station: Taking you to the heart of the action as daring astronaut construction crews put together the largest structure ever assembled in space. Float alongside the men and women who inhabit the station while they set up house, add modules and perform scientific experiments. Mysteries of Egypt: Following the burial and subsequent rediscovery of the fabled Tutankhamen. Float down the Nile, soar over the Valley of the Kings and explore the latest discoveries on the construction of the pyramids. Wild California: Take an adventurous trip through the Golden State as you snowboard down mountains, twirl on clouds and swim through the Pacific. August 24: Dolphins Returns to the IMAX In conjunction with the Commonwealth Club, Silicon Valley and the Dolphin, Whale & Marine Wildlife Foundation, The Tech will hold a special screening of Dolphins, along with an appearance by Dean Bernal, who is featured in the film. Bernal will give a short presentation and host Q&A. Tickets to this exclusive screening are available for purchase by calling (408) 351-3476. Special pricing for Tech and Commonwealth Club members. For more information, visit www.thetech.org. August 24, 25: WOW Weekend – Communications Unplugged With guest speakers and special activities throughout the weekend, discover the many ways wireless technologies are changing the face of communications. From walkie-talkies to cell phones, wireless security systems to Bluetooth tech, we're investigating freedom from wires. Watch www.thetech.org for details. September: Closed The Tech will be closed for maintenance September 3 to October 3. October 5, 6: WOW Weekend: Gadget Festival Check out the latest and greatest high tech gadgets of today and tomorrow. Keep your eye on www.thetech.org for details about the weekend lineup. October 5, 6: Educators Weekend All teachers and educators are invited to tour The Tech and learn about integrating design challenges into classroom learning. For information, call (408) 795-6343. October 4-12: IMAX Film Festival Pairing some all-time IMAX favorites, with some new adventures – all in the IMAX Dome. Watch www.thetech.org for details and schedules. October 12: Tech Talk Join Brendon Boyle of Skyline IDEO as he discusses the ins and out of high tech toy design. 2 p.m. Free with paid admission. October: Mes Nacional de la Herencia Latina, National Hispanic Heritage Month The Tech celebrates the diversity of our community with month-long showings of the IMAX films, Mexico and Space Station (in Spanish), and a special exhibit highlighting the achievements of Hispanic astronauts. On October 8, meet former NASA astronaut Sidney Gutierrez. On October 12, celebrate with a full day of activities and entertainment. Watch www.thetech.org/events/nhhm/ for details and a complete list of activities. Starting October: IMAX Adventure Traveler Series Travel the world without leaving San Jose. Over the next three months, enjoy the sights and sounds of three diverse cultures and landscapes. Each "trip" begins at 6 p.m. with a sampling of food and music from a select destination. Continue in the IMAX Dome Theater, where a special speaker and screening of the following films complete your "journey." Film schedule: October 9, Africa: The Serengeti; November 6, Australia: Land Beyond Time; December 11: Amazon. Tickets on sale in September, watch www.thetech.org. October 19: KTEH Imagination Day at The Tech Join KTEH Ch54 Public Television for a day of family fun, exploration, discovery, and learning. Characters from KTEH children's programs will present four unique 15-minute sessions, encouraging 5 to 12 year-old children to "use their imaginations through story-telling". The 15-minute programs will run continually from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Free with paid admission. October 24, 25, 26: Smithsonian Voices of Discovery In partnership with Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian Institution, San Jose and The Tech will host a series of discussions by Dr. James R. Zimbelman, from the National Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. Dr. Zimbelman will present "A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System," followed by screenings of Space Station, and Q & A. Check www.thetech.org for program times and registration information. November 7: The Tech Museum Awards, Technology Benefiting Humanity Presented by Applied Materials, Inc. Black tie Awards Gala The Tech Museum Awards is a unique awards program designed to recognize people, companies or organizations which develop or use technology in creative ways to address global challenges and have a high potential of yielding lasting, beneficial impact. The awards honor innovators from around the world in the categories of health, education, environment, economic development and equality. Each year 25 finalists are honored and five winners each receive a $50,000 cash prize at the gala event. techawards.thetech.org November 9: Tech Talk Eric Shank, VP of Design at Wild Planet Toys will be discussing toy design. 2 p.m. Free with paid admission. December: Sci/Fi Month @ The Tech Watch www.thetech.org for details about our month long celebration, with speakers, reading groups and fun for all ages.