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Winter/Spring 2004 Calendar of Events

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 18 February, 2004


GENERAL INFORMATION
HOURS: The Tech is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed non-holiday Mondays Labor Day through March 31, 2004)
PRICING: $9, $8 seniors, $7 children (Museum OR IMAX); $16, $15 seniors, $13 children (COMBO Galleries and IMAX)
CONTACT: For general information, 408-294-TECH (8324), www.thetech.org
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

CURRENT TEMPORARY EXHIBIT

Engineer It!, now through September 6, 2004
How do you design a tall building to withstand an earthquake, construct a boat that always floats, make an airplane's wing stable, or build an arch bridge with no visible means of support? In Engineer It!, visitors of all ages will solve these, and more, real-world problems in interactive, hands-on environments like water tanks, earthquake simulators and even wind tunnels. Engineering principles are presented as an open-ended discovery process; think it, build it, test it...

NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT

Genetics: Technology With A Twist – Opening March 13, 2004
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. Sequence a gene, use microscopes to see real chromosomes, and engage in discussions about the ethical issues associated with developing genetic technologies. 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.

CURRENT IMAX FILMS

New IMAX Film, opens March 12!
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience races into the Hackworth IMAX dome on March 12. Put yourself in the driver's seat and experience speeds of more than 200 mph through the magic of the IMAX Dome – an immersive experience you won't soon forget! Uncover the science, technology and teamwork that make up North America's most popular spectator sport. Featuring the most competitive and skilled race teams in the world, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience captures a sport that truly represents the fabric of America.

BUGS! Returns to IMAX on April 5
BUGS! returns to the Hackworth IMAX Dome on April 5. Visit the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, where predator meets prey. Witness the birth of hundreds of praying mantis and see a caterpillar emerging from a tiny egg to mature into a beautiful butterfly. Experience a world where life is measured in mere hours. Don't miss this visually stunning IMAX film, narrated by distinguished actress Judi Dench.

Also showing: Everest, Top Speed, Lewis & Clark Great Journey West

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 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
  • February 8, 2004
  • March 14, 2004
  • April 11, 2004
  • May 9, 2004
  • June 13, 2004
  • July 11, 2004
  • August 8, 2004
  • September 12, 2004
  • October 10, 2004
  • November 14, 2004
  • December 12, 2004


COMING IN SPRING 2004

17th Annual Tech Challenge: Pike Season at The Tech
Non-native Northern Pike have invaded Lake Davis, and this year's Tech Challenge teams are solving the problem in the most innovative ways! Test trials take place weekends through March and April 2004, and the big competition to procure those pesky pike from our Lake Davis simulator runs all day Saturday, April 24. It's Tech Challenge's 17th anniversary, and you don't want to miss any of the action. Join the fun...pick a pike.

Celebrate Earth Day at The Tech, April 17, 2004 from 1 to 3 pm
Join us for a workshop on how the U.S. can transition from its dependence on oil to the use of clean energy in our cars, homes, industries, and government. Discuss the use of alternative fuels in motor vehicles, factors that have held up alternative fuel source development, and promising alternative sources for electricity generation. John Addison, an author, USCS Extension professor, and board member for the California Hydrogen Business Council, will lead the discussion. Free with paid museum gallery admission; registration begins in March 2004. Co-presented by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Santa Cruz Extension.

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 www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.