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A record 1,400 Bay Area students gear up for 25th Annual The Tech Challenge

Press Release Date 
Friday, April 20, 2012

Hundreds of kitschy-costumed teams to compete in science and engineering contest Saturday at The Tech Museum

SAN JOSE – A record number of Bay Area students, girls and teams will compete for titles ranging from “Most Spectacular Failure” to “Best Overall Solution” Saturday when they creatively attempt to pluck survivors from an earthquake-ravaged bridge in this year’s real-world challenge: Shake, Rattle and Rescue.

The Tech Challenge, presented by Cisco as part of a three-year sponsorship comprising financial resources, employee volunteers and a technology donation, introduces and reinforces the scientific and engineering process with a hands-on team project.

A signature program of The Tech Museum, The Tech Challenge celebrates its 25th year and is already proving to be a landmark occasion: A record number 1,433 participants (1,175 last year); a record 48 percent of which are girls (45 percent last year), and the highest involvement of Title I schools of any science and technology competition in the region at 37 percent.
WHO: A record 1,433 Bay Area students; more than 4,000 spectators; American Red Cross, Emergency Services representatives, The Tech Challenge sponsors and museum officials

WHAT: The Tech Challenge: Shake, Rattle and Rescue. Using ingenuity and engineering know-how, students must creatively attempt to pluck survivors from an earthquake-ravaged bridge. All this against blaring sirens followed by an urgent announcement of a powerful quake. Throughout the room, bright yellow caution lights will relentlessly flicker and plumes of smoke will swell into the air as the rolling, rumbling sounds of an earthquake rise from beneath the bleachers and explode overhead

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012

WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA
Roqua Montez
Director Public Relations
(408) 795-6225

Other corporate sponsors include: SAP, Intel, EMC, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Fairchild Semiconductor, Wells Fargo, Tellabs Foundation, Xilinx, Ernst & Young, The Tech Museum's Emeritus Board, VMware, Genentech, Symantec, SanDisk, TE Connectivity, Flextronics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, AMD, PMC-Sierra, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, ScholarShare, The David H. Liu Foundation, SVForum Tech Women's Program, Team San Jose, NBC Bay Area, KTSF, Make:, Bay Area News Group.

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 presented by Cisco, 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.