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The Tech Museum of Innovation: Calendar of Events September/October 2005

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 27 September, 2005

SPECIAL NOTES: • The exhibits "Invention @ Play" and "IDEA House" are now closed • The Tech will also be closed all non-holiday Mondays from September through March • General admission pricing for IMAX or galleries is now $10 GENERAL INFORMATION HOURS: The Tech is open Tuesday through Sunday and also holiday Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PRICING: $10, $8 seniors, $7 children (Galleries 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
************************************************************************ FRESH @ THE TECH "Game On: The History and Culture of Videogames" Opens September 30 Explore the history, culture and future of video games at this temporary exhibit. "Game On" is a highly interactive exhibit that examines the exploding video game industry from the game design process and beyond. Come experience the past forty years of electronic gaming, and reflect on where the industry will go next. "Game On" was organized by the Barbican Art Gallery London in collaboration with the National Museums of Scotland. "Game On" will be at The Tech through January 6, 2006. New IMAX Film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon starts September 23 Magnificent Desolation, produced by Tom Hanks, takes audiences to the surface of the moon to walk alongside the extraordinary Apollo astronauts who have stepped upon its surface. With never before seen photographs, CGI renditions for the lunar landscape and previously unreleased NASA footage, audiences will be immersed in the life-changing experiences of these astronauts by illustrating what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did while on the lunar surface. 4th Annual MaxGames Video Game Tournament October 8 Practice your quick reaction times and flex your fingers for the Tech's 4th Annual MaxGames. See if you have what it takes to compete tournament-style on consoles for cool prizes and a chance to play in the finals on The Tech's Giant Domed Screen. Proceeds support The Tech's Annual Fund for Education. UPCOMING EVENTS Girl Scout Day October 23 Join The Tech for an exciting Girl Scout Badge event. Juniors will earn "Toymaker" badges and Brownies will earn "Point, Click, and Go" badges. A special Girl Scout Activity Passport will guide Girl Scouts though The Tech's multiple themed galleries, including the West Coast premiere of "Game On." For more information, visit IMAX Film Festival October 28, 29 and 30 Get ready for three big days of IMAX films on the giant domed screen in the Hackworth IMAX Theater. See your favorite films over or catch one of the newest IMAX films. Featured films include: Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon, Mysteries of Egypt, Mystery of the Nile, Adventures in Wild California, Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, Coral Reef, Blue Planet, Everest, Forces of Nature and India: Kingdom of the Tiger. The Tech Museum Awards Gala November 9 The Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is a unique and prestigious program that honors and awards innovators from around the world who use technology to benefit humanity in the categories of Education, Equality, Environment, Economic Development, and Health. Twenty-five Tech Laureates will be honored at a black-tie celebration. One Laureate in each category will be awarded a $50,000 cash prize. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Opens in IMAX November 18 Experience the magical world of Harry Potter in IMAX. The pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter|!s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry, Ron and Hermione share in more adventures when Hogwarts holds a mysterious event involving competition that hasn|!t happened for a hundred years. EXHIBITS "Nikon International Small World" Exhibit at The Tech РNow Through October 23 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 "Nikon International Small World" exhibition. This free exhibition will be located in The Tech's New Venture Hall. "NetPl@net" - A New Tech Gallery Now Open This hands-on, permanent gallery will inspire visitors to use the Internet in unique new ways, and to dream up the next Internet innovation! Participate in 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. Continue your visit at home by using your TechTag bracelet online! CURRENT IMAX FILMS Mystery of the Nile Now Playing From the makers of Everest comes a breathtaking cinematic expedition down the world's greatest and most deadly river, the Blue Nile. For 114 days, a team of explorers led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown faced seemingly insurmountable challenges as they made their way along all 3,260 miles of the river to become the first in history to complete a full descent of the Blue Nile from source to sea. Catch the history, the scenery and the action as only IMAX can deliver. Also playing: Forces of Nature, India: Kingdom of the Tiger SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS 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. This is a great opportunity to explore the technologies impacting your life. Experience new exhibits like "NetPl@net," "Game On," and so much more! With interactive, hands-on exhibits and floor programming, there's something at The Tech to inspire the innovator in everyone. Upcoming Free Days: October 9 Free Wireless Internet Access @ The Tech's Caf̩ Primavera Grab a bite to eat and check your email at Caf̩ Primavera in The Tech's lobby. Hungry museum goers, downtown workers and convention attendees can nosh on delicious sandwiches and healthy salads while getting the latest news on their laptops or PDAs. VOLUNTEERS The Tech is looking for volunteers to join the museum crew to help engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies that affect our lives. Inspire young people to become tomorrow's innovators, and have lots of fun along the way! Must be at least 15 and able to make a commitment of one year, eight hours per month. Call The Tech's Volunteer Recruitment Team at (408) 795-6163 for more information and a volunteer application. 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 or call (408) 294-TECH.