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The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events July, August and September 2004

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 8 July, 2004

GENERAL INFORMATION
HOURS: The Tech is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRICING: $9, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324), www.thetech.org
LOCATION: The Tech is located in downtown San Jose at the corner of Park Ave and Market St near I-280 and Hwy 87. Easily accessible via Light Rail, Bus, Car, Caltrain
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CANSTRUCTION Comes to The Tech – July 16, 2004 – September 6, 2004
Local architecture firms will design and build the most creative food can exhibits in The Tech's lobby. This is a community service project where all the cans used will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Join the fun as we "CANSTRUCT a world without hunger." Don't miss "Engineer It!," a new traveling exhibit through September 6.

New IMAX film "Forces of Nature" Opens July 16
Experience the blood pumping action when the ground shakes, mountains explode and the sky turns black and violent in "Forces of Nature." Narrated by Kevin Bacon, this film showcases three scientists striving to understand the origins and behavior of natural disasters -- putting their own lives in danger in the process.

New IMAX film "India: Kingdom of the Tiger" Opens July 16
"India: Kingdom of the Tiger" will take you on a magic ride through this ancient and fast-growing country, examining history and environmental challenges. Starring critically acclaimed Indian actress Smriti Mishra and Christopher Heyerdahi. A historical epic depicting India from 1910 to the modern era, this film is also a story as seen through the eyes of one of India|!s most mysterious and compelling animals - the tiger.

Third Annual Maxgames Video Game Tournament, July 23, 2004
Step-up and play on the hottest video game consoles for cool prizes and a chance to face off in the finals on our Giant Dome Screen. Maxgames proceeds support The Tech|!s Fund for Education. More information is online at: http://www.thetech.org/events/maxgames/2004/.

Cirque du Techqu̩ at The Tech July 17 РAugust 8, 2004
Join The Tech for a circus of Summer program fun! Bring the whole family and enjoy special activities, demonstrations and speakers, including PVCannons, HiWi Act and Carousel Toss. More information is online at: http://www.thetech.org/calendar/#soon.

SCREAM MACHINES: The Science of Roller Coasters Opens September 18
Scream Machines is a truly interactive exhibit for the thrill-seeker in all of us. Exhibits, artifacts, and images encourage visitors to understand the physics of roller coasters, and the physiology and psychology of thrill-seeking. Visitors can ride G-Force, conduct experiments to uncover the science of motion, and even build a mini coaster to test physical forces behind design.

EXHIBITS

Silicon Workshop – Now Open
Be inspired by Silicon Valley's innovations. Enter your own workshop to design products using microchips, and by programming smart devices. Make an automatic fish feeder, program a Mr. Potato Head, and engineer your own car! Explore the world of microchips and discover the innovator in you. Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems Inc.

Genetics: Technology With A Twist – Now Open
Explore the forefront of emerging genetic technologies by taking on the roles of genetic counselor, scientist and even a policymaker. Understand the new opportunities genetic research has provided, and face personal and social choices that arise from the intimate knowledge of what we are made of. With new Tech Tags, visitors can even grow bacteria in our wet lab, post findings to their very own website, and track their experiment's progress online days later.

"Nikkon International Small World" Exhibit at The Tech – Now Through July 23, 2004
Get a glimpse into a world that most have never seen, except through the lens of a microscope, when viewing the award-winning photomicrographs in the "Nikkon International Small World" exhibition. This free exhibition will be located in The Tech's New Venture Hall.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Summer Camps at The Tech Now Through August 13, 2004
Learn about the Science of Sports or be a Crime Solver Scientist this summer at The Tech. Summer fun at The Tech is provided through a unique partnership with Galileo Educational Services. The Tech Museum Summer Camps allows kids to experience The Tech in a whole new way. Bringing together high-quality lab facilities, engaging curriculum, and personalized instruction, summer camps at The Tech create a fun and inspiring way for kids to deepen their interest in science and technology.

Ongoing: Segway Human Transporter
You've seen it in the news, now try it out yourself! Take a ride on the Segway Human Transporter, daily from 2-3 p.m. *Riders must be over 16 years old and weigh between 100 and 250 pounds*

Second Sundays are Free, Thanks to SBC
SBC and The Tech are offering free unlimited gallery admission to the community the second Sunday of every month throughout 2004! This is a great opportunity to explore the technologies impacting your life. Experience new exhibits like Genetics: Technology with a Twist, Engineer It!, and so much more! With interactive, hands-on exhibits and floor programming, there's something at The Tech to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Free SBC Days
July 11, 2004
August 8, 2004
September 12, 2004
October 10, 2004
November 14, 2004
December 12, 2004

CURRENT IMAX FILMS

"Bugs!" Now Playing
Visit the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, where predator meets prey. Witness the birth of hundreds of praying mantises and see a caterpillar emerging from a tiny egg to mature into a beautiful butterfly. Experience a world where life is measured in mere hours. Don't miss this visually stunning IMAX film, narrated by distinguished actress Judi Dench.

"NASCAR: The IMAX Experience"
"NASCAR: The IMAX Experience" is now racing in the Hackworth IMAX dome. Put yourself in the driver|!s seat and experience speeds of more than 200 mph through the magic of the IMAX Dome – an immersive experience you won|!t soon forget! Uncover the science, technology and teamwork that make up North America's most popular spectator sport. Featuring the most competitive and skilled race teams in the world, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience captures a sport that truly represents the fabric of America.

Also showing: "Top Speed", "Coral Reef Adventure"

MISSION STATEMENT: THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION 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. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, at 201 S. Market Street. For more information, visit our website at www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.