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Lights, Camera…Science!

Press Release Date 
Friday, April 1, 2011
Video buffs around the world are firing up their cameras, iPhones and Flip videos and heading to the nearest metropolis in search of science and the chance to win hundreds of dollars in the first-ever "Science of the City" video competition. Entrants to the international contest are challenged with creating two-minute videos about some aspect of science found in an urban setting. Videos may highlight a simple experiment, a finding or a question. The competition is open until June 30, and an international panel of judges will award winners a total of $1,800 in cash prizes in early July at the museum. The contest is hosted by The Tech Museum's online design program, The Tech Virtual, a community of more than a thousand museum professionals, designers, artists, educators, experts, and enthusiasts working collaboratively on museum exhibits and other projects. Robert Stephenson, Director of The Tech Virtual, explains: "From its founding, The Tech Museum has pioneered using design challenges to promote science and technology. We are proud to sponsor the Science of the City video competition as a refreshing new twist to making science more relevant to young people." The winning videos will be placed on temporary exhibit at Tránsit Projectes and Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, and posted on The Tech Virtual website, Stephenson adds. The Tech Virtual, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and launched in 2007, is a one-of-a-kind community designed to inspire collaboration between exhibit designers, museum professionals, experts, and enthusiasts. Visitors can find ideas for museum exhibits and programs as well as share best practices, build prototypes, and even create 3D models as they connect to the network that is inspiring innovation at museums worldwide. "Science of the City" is organized by Co-Creating Cultures and sponsored by The Tech Museum, Tránsit Projectes and Arts. Half a dozen other institutions from New York to Singapore are also participating in the competition. Video aficionados, scientists, educators, students, museum professionals and all others interested in participating in the Science of the City contest or joining The Tech Virtual community should go to: Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations +1 (408) 795-6225 About The Tech Museum: 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 learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.