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Silicon Workshop Exhibit Opens at The Tech

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
The Tech Museum of Innovation introduces it's newest permanent exhibit, Silicon Workshop, opening June 4, 2004. Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems, and designed and built in-house, the new exhibit invites guests to understand microchip design by programming smart toys and devices. Fully interactive and hands on experiences will leave guests with a better understanding of what microchips can do and how they work. "Guests of our new Silicon Workshop will become true electrical design innovators," said Peggy Monahan, Director of Exhibits and Programs at The Tech Museum of Innovation. "Programming smart toys using simple and intuitive logic statements will help people of all ages draw connections to the real work being done by microchip designers to affect products we use everyday." Engage in Silicon Workshop's four main areas: - Programmable Chips – Control Mr. Potato Head|!s "brain" by building logic statements our of blocks. Mr. Potato Head will turn on/off the light, swing his feet, and even recline in his chair.

- Hardwired Chips – Program a toy car by wiring a chip. Connect logic gates via patch cords to start the car|!s engine, turn on its headlights, turn on the radio and more.

- Make a Fishfeeder – Design and build a "smart" fishfeeder that will satiate our fishy cartoon friend. Use logic principles

- Design a Chip – Play the role of a microchip designer and make decisions about cost, functionality and capability at this interactive cartoon kiosk

Silicon Workshop is sponsored by Cadence Design Systems.

Silicon Workshop is among three major 2004 renovations to The Tech's permanent gallery space. Others include March's Genetics: Technology with a Twist and November's upcoming Net Pl@net Internet exhibit. Additional Information
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. 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 or call (408) 294-TECH.