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The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events October, November and December 2004

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 6 October, 2004


HOURS: The Tech is open Tuesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PRICING: $9.50, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324),
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


October is Earthquake Preparedness Month at The Tech
Are you ready for the Big One|@ Did you know that scientists are predicting a 60% chance of one in the next 30 years|@ Come to The Tech and learn all about earthquakes in the Exploration Gallery. Design and build your own model building to withstand a miniature earthquake, check your own earthquake preparedness know-how, and watch the awe-inspiring Forces of Nature in our IMAX Dome Theater.

Girl Scout Day @ The Tech October 24 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts can earn the "Science in Action Try-It Badge" or the "Weather Watch Junior Badge" when they come to The Tech on October 24 for the IMAX feature Forces of Nature and earthquake-themed programs in the museum. Call (408) 795-6101 to book your troop.

Celebrate Halloween @ The Tech October 31 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Come join us for a screaming good time on Halloween! Decorate your own trick-or-treat bag and explore all the deep dark corners in the dungeon of The Tech. The Fearsome Grub Challenge is back by popular demand! Can you stomach a yummy, chocolate covered bug|@

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Extended Weekends Through November 7
See Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in The Tech's immersive IMAX Dome Theater. Experience the magic like never before – eight stories tall, and through 12,000 watts of crystal clear digital surround sound. Now playing weekends through November 7. Visit for complete details.

The Tech Museum Awards Gala on November 10
Celebrate global innovators who use technology to benefit humanity. Twenty-five Laureates will be honored at this annual black tie Awards Gala, and five will split a $250,000 cash prize. For more information visit

Polar Express Opens at The Tech November 10
All aboard! The Polar Express makes its way to The Tech's Hackworth IMAX Dome in time for the holiday season. Polar Express, based on the children|!s book stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and stop-motion photography to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, it tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.


"NetPl@net" - A New Tech Exhibit Opens November 20
Be inspired to use the Internet in new ways and reflect on how it is changing your life through this new hands-on exhibit. Participate in a Virtual Arm Wrestle using haptic technology, express yourself by publishing and posting a web site, take a tour around the globe with our amazing world-wide webcams, and so much more. Extend your visit online with a TechTag bracelet.

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

"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.


Mac to Nature: Lecture and Book Signing with Mac Pioneer Bill Atkinson on October 9
Join Bill Atkinson, an early developer of the Macintosh GUI for a special presentation of his pioneering new work in digital photography and printing. On Saturday, October 9, Bill will unveil his artwork at The Tech, share his book Within The Stone, and give highlights on his extraordinary career at Apple. The lecture and book signing is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in New Venture Hall.

Online Divas November 17 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Tech's "Conversations with Innovative Women in Technology" series continues with a panel of successful female entrepreneurs who will discuss the Internet, the opportunities and challenges facing female Internet innovators and their contributions to the information economy. Moderated by Moira Gunn, host of National Public Radio's TechNation: Americans and Technology. Advanced registration is recommended. Tickets are $25 for members of any of the partnering organizations and $40 for non members. Registration at the door will be an additional $10. Children ages 12-18 accompanied by an adult can register at the door for $5.

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
October 10, 2004
November 14, 2004
December 12, 2004


Forces of Nature Now Playing
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.

Thrill Ride Now Playing
Thrill Ride is a white-knuckle adventure that will put you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. Thrill Ride not only traces the history of rides, past and present but details how the development of the motion simulator ride has become one of the most exciting innovations in recent film history.

India: Kingdom of the Tiger Now Playing
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.

Also showing: Bugs!, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience

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 or call (408) 294-TECH.