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Ending the year with inspiration: The Tech Museum of Innovation receives nearly $400,000 in donations to help deliver on its mission to inspire the innovator in everyone

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
SAN JOSE, CA – A range of corporate and foundation donations totaling $386,000 will be funneled toward the museum’s many and varied programs that invite visitors to learn through play, contain solid and accessible science and show how technology can improve lives.
The Tech depends on donors’ help to maintain the museum as a national and international resource. Their dollars support the museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits, wide-ranging sci-tech education programs for tens of thousands of students and the ever-popular The Tech Challenge, the annual team-design challenge that reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.
“We are so grateful to our generous corporate, foundation and individual supporters,” Linda Antonopoulos, director of Corporate Relations, said. “Their contributions allow us to offer all California students access to The Tech as a resource for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) education.”
The donations, which range from nearly $4,000 to $25,000, come from a range of supporters. They are:
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation
Nintendo of America, Inc
Motorola Solutions Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
KLA-Tencor Corporation
JP Morgan Chase & Company
Best Buy Children’s Foundation
Prometheus Real Estate Group
Bank of America
Plus 3 Foundation
EMC Corporation
In addition to the pledges, donors also commended The Tech for its commitment to fulfilling its mission and core values – particularly regarding youth.
The Best Buy Community Grant was given in recognition of the museum’s “dedication to close the digital divide for teens, providing them access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st-century work skills,” said Rich Scharaga, general manager for Best Buy Santana Row.
For more information on The Tech’s giving program, visit:
Roqua Montez

Director Public Relations

(408) 795-6225
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Museum endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.