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The Tech's Calendar of Events: Winter-Spring 2003

Press Release Date 
Thursday, December 26, 2002
The Tech is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For general information, or more details on any event below: (408) 294-TECH (8324),


Zap! Surgery, January 31-September 1, 2003
Children and adults alike become surgeons for a day - using the latest technologies to zap tumors, correct vision, and break up kidney stones. Interactive and multimedia exhibits demonstrate the basic science concepts behind some of the fastest-growing surgical techniques used by medical professionals today: lasers, endoscopes, ultrasound, cryosurgery and the Gamma Knife.


Walt Disney Pictures' Lion King
Reformatted and remixed specifically for the Giant Screen from the film's original digital elements, this extraordinary event offers moviegoers a chance to experience one of the greatest animated films on the most majestic canvas imaginable.

Also Showing:
The Human Body, Everest, Mysteries of Egypt

Coral Reef opens April 10
Follow a journey of discovery across the South Pacific from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll.


January is Museum Month
For the entire month, San Jose's premier museums are offering free and discounted admissions. Current members of any one museum, and new members who sign up, will receive free admission to all other museums for one month from the date of purchase. Participating museums include: Children's Discovery Museum, History San Jose/History Park, History San Jose/Peralta Adobe & Fallon House, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and The Tech.

January 18 & 19: Animation Weekend
Meet Michael Surrey, the lead animator of "Timon," the hyperactive meerkat with a motor mouth, from Disney's The Lion King. Get a behind the scenes look at the process of animation and the fun behind the frames. Learn how to make your own Victorian animation toys then check out our very own foley stage to learn about sound effects in cartoons. Free with gallery admission.

February 15: Mini MaxGames
With a theme of Racing Games, this video game tournament is a great warm up for the ultimate MaxGames in June 03. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee.

February 22: Black History Month Celebration
How did you get there? How do I get there? Meet with mentors in technology fields from the local chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), representatives from the NAACP and other professional associations. Workshops, talks and floor programs also. Free with paid admission.

March 10-31: WOW Weekends: Zap! Surgery
On Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 8 & 9, The Tech will offer special activities, events, and guest speakers. Begin a fun and engaging exploration of your body image, sports health, alternative medicine, mental health, reproduction, surgical risks (laser eye, botox, breast implant) and women's health. Ask questions, discover something new, and gain more understanding of the heath choices that can affect you. Free with paid admission.

March 15, 20, 29, April 5, 10, 22 & 19: Tech Challenge Trials
Come watch tomorrow's innovators warm up for this year's big Tech Challenge event on April 26. This year's challenge is to design, build, and operate a robotic device that can climb vertically up a 15 1/2 foot long rope (jungle vine) and reach the top of our make-believe rainforest canopy to retrieve a ping pong ball (tropical tree sample). 1-4 p.m. Viewing is free.

April 19: Earth Day
Earth Day 2003 is designed to bring the local community together to encourage understanding of local and global environmental issues. The day's focus is environmental information, a display of green-machines, and hands-on activities provided by a variety of non-profit groups, including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In conjunction with the new IMAX film, Coral Reef, The Coral Reef Alliance and others join The Tech to raise our awareness of the importance, value, and sensitivity of the oceans, providing information on what our role could be in ocean conservation.

April 26: Tech Challenge
See 800 students strut their robots! This Challenge is to design, build, and operate a device that can climb vertically up a 15 1/2 foot long rope (jungle vine) and reach the top of our make-believe rainforest canopy to retrieve a ping pong ball (tropical tree sample). The device must then descend the rope safely with the ball. Daylong events in Civic Auditorium and The Tech. Viewing is free.

May 9: The Tech's 7th Annual Traveling Gizmo WYSIWYG Dinner and Auction
Coming this year from Roche in Palo Alto, this dinner and auction is Silicon Valley's zaniest fundraising event! 6-10 p.m. Visit for ticket and auction information.

May 8-11: Celebration of Flight IMAX Film Festival
In conjunction with Space Day's theme of celebrating the future of flight and honoring the past 100 years of aviation, The Tech will offer a series of related IMAX films for three days. Films will be announced in March 2003.

May 10-11: Space Day Celebration
This year's national theme: celebrating the future of flight and honoring the past 100 years of aviation and aerospace accomplishments while seeking to inspire the next generation of inventors, innovators, aviators and dreamers. Special speakers, museum programs and outdoor activities will delight and engage your sense of wonder. Event partners: NASA Ames, Hiller Aviation Museum and Lockheed Martin. Free with paid admission.

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 or call (408) 294-TECH.