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Voices of Children Reflected in Flag of Hope

Press Release Date 
Friday, 30 August, 2002
Construction is underway on The Tech Museum of Innovation's "Flag of Hope" - an enormous mosaic comprised of the voices of 1,000 children sharing their hopes for the future of technology. Children, in Bay Area classrooms, community groups and in The Tech, have been drawing pictures, creating stories and writing sentences about their visions for tomorrow on red, silver and blue CDs that will be put together to form a 10'x20' American Flag. Children have been asked to think about:
  • How might technology help you in the future?
  • What inventions could make life better for you, your family, and/or the world?
  • What problems could technology solve?
The giant flag will be unveiled during the day on September 11 and will be recognized during "San Jose Remembers 9/11" in Cesar Chavez Park. It will hang outside The Tech until September 15. To provide visitors and participants an up close look at the children's reflections of hope, the flag will be on display inside the museum at The Tech's Grand Reopening Weekend October 4-6 and throughout the month of October (The Tech will be closed for facility and exhibit maintenance and upgrades September 3- October 3). "It has been amazing to see the creativity and hope that our next generation of innovators has," said Peter Giles, Tech President and CEO. "Many of the children's dreams are very touching - hopes for a technology to eliminate chemotherapy, assistive devices and solutions for world hunger." If you are interested in covering a school or community group this week that is participating in the Flag of Hope, please contact Kris Covarrubias (408) 795-6226, kcova@thetech.org for dates, times and locations. The Tech is creating video of students as they create CDs, which will also be available. The Tech engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For general information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH (8324).