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Phone: 408-294-8324
201 S Market St
San Jose
California 95113
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Target demographics: The Tech Museum is committted to increasing our diversity institution-wide to better reflect our community. In order to ensure that we become an indispensable part of teh community - not just a "nice" place to visit, but a "necessary" place to visit - we need to acknowledge and address the educational, cultural and socio-economic make-up of this richly diverse region.

Categorically the audiences are:
- Students
- Teachers
- Parents (adults who visit the museum with children)
- Adults without children

While The Tech Museum has always served students and teachers well, our new galleries and exhibits will take a more balanced approach to serving up content so that it has greater appeal to Parents and Adults without children.

The Tech Museum is a community partner in education. Not a school, the museum provides the setting for year-round learning and inspiration. Whether coming on a field trip, exploring with your family, taking a weekend workshop, experiencing an IMAX film or participating in an educational lab, The Tech Museum will provide content and programs that tie STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning standards while inspiring and allowing for hands-on discovery. As school budgets get tighter and tighter and teacher resources become scarcer and scarcer, we play a vital link between teachers and parents in providing informal learning environments that are often missing from schools. Reaching out to those who need our expertise will cement the institution as the place to go for informal educational assistance in science and technology.

Geographic areas served: Primaraly Northern California; The Tech Awards serves worldwide

Programs: •The Tech Awards - The international awards program honors innovators from around the world who apply technology to benefit humanity

•The Tech Challenge - The annual team design challenge for youth in grades 5 through 12 reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project to solve a real-world problem

•The Tech Virtual - An innovative project that uses the latest online tools to design, develop, and modify exhibits that can be used in Museums today. It allows people to collaborate and share their ideas and resources with others anywhere in the world

•The Tech Summer Camps - The ultimate camp experience, brought to you in partnership with Galileo Learning, offers 4th-8th graders hands-on science and technology classes, high-quality lab facilities, teamwork exercises, and fun in the best camp traditions

Mission:
To engage people of all ages and backgrounds in science and technology experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought and inspire action. The Tech Museum does this through content and programs featuring "The Spirit of Silicon Valley" inspiring people, inventions and mind-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation.
Results:
We spent a lot of time fundraising to do outreach which included programs such as free field trips for title I school and MathWorks, a bilingual math program for families.

This year, Signature program, The Tech Awards raised the most amount of money ever in it's program.

We partnered with major Silicon Valley companies to produce groundbreaking gallery: The Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery.

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09/09/14
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 ... more »
09/09/14
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 ... more »
09/08/14
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... more »
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