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

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 8 September, 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


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Extended Weekends Through September 26
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 September 26. Visit for complete details.

"SCREAM MACHINES: The Science of Roller Coasters" Exhibit Opens September 18
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.

Third Annual International IMAX Film Festival October 1 – 3
The world's best and most popular IMAX films will appear at The Tech for 3 days only. Join us for breathtaking adventures with films from our library and others new to our IMAX Dome. Visit for a complete list of films, show times and tickets.

NetPl@net: A New Tech Exhibit Opens November 13
Be inspired to use the Internet in new ways, reflect on how it is changing your life and figure out how it all really works 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.

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

Mac to Nature: Lecture and Book Signing with Mac Pioneer Bill Atkinson on October 9
Join Bill Atkinson, an early developer of the Macintosh user interface for a special presentation on 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.


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.


An Evening with Sci-Fi Author Clive Barker on September 22
Join Clive Barker -- prolific author of "Everville" and "the Candyman" for an introduction to the mysterious and richly drawn fantasy worlds he creates. His latest series promises to transport teen readers to a mysterious new fantasy world called Abarat. Take home your own copy of "Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War" to continue the adventure. This event is co-presented by: Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and Hicklebee|!s Children|!s Bookstore. Wednesday, September 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 in The Tech|!s New Venture Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults (includes $5 coupon towards book purchase) or $30 family pack (two adults and two kids).

The Culture and Process of Innovation September 28 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Tech|!s "Conversations with Innovative Women in Technology" series kicks off with a discussion on how organizations can achieve and maintain a culture of innovation when they must move at Silicon Valley speeds just to survive. Join a panel of Silicon Valley's premiere women technologists as they frankly discuss their experiences, failures, and successes with developing cultures in which innovation thrives. Moderated by Kara Swisher, technology writer in The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. 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.

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.

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
September 12, 2004
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.

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.