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Think it, Build it, Test it…Do It Again!

Press Release Date 
Friday, 30 January, 2004
Engineer It!, The Tech Museum of Innovation's newest exhibit, explores the fun and creative sides of engineering. Among a myriad of interactive and hands-on experiences, guests will design and build boats, structures, bridges, windmills and airplanes, then test them in real world simulators. Challenges are presented without right or wrong answers, to promote experimentation and problem solving. "Engineer It! presents the fundamentals of engineering as a hands-on, discovery process," said The Tech's President and CEO Peter Giles. "This new exhibit doesn't pose any yes or no answers, and that's exactly the approach to inspire innovation in our audience, and excite them in the technologies affecting and impacting their world." With Engineer It!, guests are encouraged to take advantage of a wide variety of adaptable components and multiple-outcome-based activities to design, build, test, and then try again as needed until they succeed. As examples, the Wind Area lets guests can explore aerodynamic qualities in a large walk-in wind tunnel; the Structures Area lets future designers construct buildings to withstand the powerful forces of a simulated earthquake; and finally, in the Water Area, experimenters will test buoyancy and propulsion in huge water tanks. Engineer It!, The Tech's newest exhibit that inspires innovation in the technologies impacting our daily lives, runs January 30, 2004 through September 6, 2004. Additional Information
Engineer It! at The Tech is sponsored by The Elizabeth & Stephen Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and was created, and is circulated, by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation. Tickets to The Tech Museum of Innovation's galleries and IMAX are $9, $8 and $7 each for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. Combo tickets (galleries and one IMAX film) are available for $16, $15, $13 for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. Through March 2004, The Tech is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and is also open holiday Mondays. Starting in April 2004, The Tech is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.