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The Tech Museum

Rating: 4.88 stars   26 reviews 784

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education, Sports

Address:

201 S Market St San Jose CA 95113 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Our vision is that The Tech Museum, in partnership with others, will invigorate innovation and inspire learning, locally, nationally, and globally.

Results:

More than five million visitors since opening its new facility in 1998. Annually welcoming more than 140,000 children who visit on field trips, of which more than half are from Title 1 schools. Growth of The Tech Challenge program. This signature competition has seen an increase in participation every year since it began in the 1980s. The challenge has also grown in depth, with in-house trainings for team participants and advisors, test trials, and online assistance. The Tech Challenge is now a months-long program that provides extensive scientific training to participants and includes significant participation from girls and low-income students. Growth of The Tech Awards. This signature program to honor people who use technology to benefit humanity has seen an increase in applications by 20 percent. The museum has implemented interactive programs for young people to expose them to it, and the pool of judges has grown, representing an array of universities, organizations, and former Tech Award Laureates.

Target demographics:

Children and adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

400,000 visitors experience our hands-on exhibits.

Geographic areas served:

Northern California; The Tech Awards serves worldwide

Programs:

The frontiers of human imagination and knowledge converge at The Tech Museum of Innovation, where visitors explore modern technology through interactive exhibits that captivate while they inform. With the mission of inspiring the innovator in everyone, this hands-on science center engages visitors to learn about the technologies affecting their lives. More than 400,000 guests visit each year—140,000 as part of a school field trip. An expansive variety of exhibitions covering 132,000 square feet showcase not just how technology works, but how it influences our identities and how we live, work, play, and learn. The Tech also features the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, Northern California's only domed IMAX screen. Signature programs include The Tech Challenge, an annual student engineering design competition founded in 1988, and The Tech Awards, honoring people around the world who use technology to benefit humanity.

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Reviews for The Tech Museum

Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! I've volunteered here for over 2-3 years. And my enthusiasm for the visitors (especially the children) increases each week. I've noticed the TECH stepping up its commitment noticeably to children and the community since I arrived. Where else can you learn that it takes 5 generations of monarch butterflies to migrate south from New York to Mexico with the last generation magically growing several times larger because they have to fly nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico? Or build a video of your ideal roller-coaster ride and watch the ride? Or finger paint without getting your hands dirty? Or (for non-Californians) experience a 7-level earthquake just as the sensors measured it? Or have someone show you on Google Earth where they were stationed in Iraq? Or, Or, Or... But seeing kids get so excited about what they are experiencing is beyond any money value. It easily takes 20 years off my real age. Go TECH!

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I love technology, so volunteering here was a no brainer. Little did I know that the volunteer coordinator was so lovely, which added up to the whole experience. I met others inside the Tech and I can say that they're all great people. Besides, the exhibits are great I can see that they're always pushing for innovation. It's an awesome environment to be in!

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I have been a member at The Tech for more than 20 years. I also began volunteering once a week 3 years ago. I love this museum. The exhibits are both very interesting and many of them great fun. The staff is very dedicated and enjoyable to work with.

Seeing school age kids excited about experimenting at the various stations is quite rewarding. It is really nice that San Jose has a museum that teaches adults and young people about technology and it is done in interesting ways. What a great combination, to learn and to have fun!

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This is a great place to visit and to volunteer. To visit - it has great displays (constantly renewed). To volunteer - it provides great interaction with kids and adults. The staff encourages interaction with guests in explaining the exhibits and encouraging their innovation.

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The museum is just a half block from the light rail in downtown San Jose. They are always active in creating new exhibits or hosting events. You can not leave without learning something. It's not just for kids, although if you bring one they may surprise you by what they know or have learned. Almost everything is hands on, touch and feel which enhances your experience. Where else can you enjoy an earthquake, or simulate an astronaut using a jet pack? The IMAX theater has cheap, but great educational films and also features full length releases in IMAX format in some evenings. And yes they have a snack bar for the movies. There are three floors to explore, with hidden gems all over.

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As a former teacher and school district official I am impressed by what the Tech Museum of Innovation has to offer, not only school children but adults. Creative displays, interactive experiences and a genetics activity that is probably the most sophisticated activity I have seen. The museum also has an earthquake and jet pack simulator and displays on astronomy and sustainable energy. The museum also updates activities and displays regularly and houses an iMax theater that is very popular with all.

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Tech Museum has been a great place to volunteer and I've been doing this for about 1 year now. I have been very impressed with the consistency of focus on mission ("Inspire the Innovator in Everyone") that this non-profit organization has maintained. The Tech Museum makes every effort to always understand the needs of their audience and does a great job executing on meeting these needs. And they also do a great job at recognizing the contribution of their volunteers--a nice plus!!

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This museum stands apart from the others in its class. It is very hands-on; guests are invited to touch and experience each exhibit - it enhances learning to a great degree. The school field-trip program inspires hundreds of children each day to learn more about their world. The museum keeps it's exhibits on the edge of innovation, so is never the same experience one visit to the next.

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Can't give enough accolades to the Tech Museum as a non-profit organization as well as a wonderful environment to volunteer. I am retired and have volunteered for them for 6 years. The people and projects that I work on have kept me in touch and continually provide me the appreciation that each individual needs when out of the work force.

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The Tech Museum is a great combination of entertainment and information for kids and adults. Their hands-on approach to learning is prefect for making lasting impressions. The fact the museum also has an IMAX dome theater and space for fun traveling exhibits (recently Star Wars and MythBusters) are both icing on a really, really good cake. I highly recommend it for families; for adults at their monthly After Hours on first Thursdays; and as a site for corporate events, weddings, you name it.

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