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The Tech Interactive
The Tech Museum of Innovation in Downtown San Jose.jpg
The Tech Interactive, viewed from nearby Plaza de César Chávez in Downtown San Jose
The Tech Interactive is located in San Jose, California
The Tech Interactive
Location within San Jose, California
Former nameThe Tech Museum of Innovation
EstablishedOctober 31, 1998; 20 years ago (1998-10-31)
Location201 South Market Street
San Jose, California, US
CoordinatesCoordinates: 37°19′53″N 121°53′27″W / 37.3314374°N 121.8907276°W / 37.3314374; -121.8907276
TypeScience
Visitors400,000 annually
PresidentTim Ritchie
ArchitectRicardo Legorreta
Websitewww.thetech.org
Association of Science-Technology Centers

The Tech Interactive (previously The Tech Museum of Innovation), commonly known as The Tech[1][2][3] is a science and technology center in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. It is located adjacent to the Plaza de César Chávez in Downtown San Jose.

Description[edit]

The Tech Interactive's architecture is the work of Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.[4] The front wall is inscribed with quotations from iconic Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Bill Hewlett, David Packard, Bob Noyce, and Gordon Moore.[5]

The building has a distinctive mango and azure color, and has three floors. The ground floor includes The Tech Store, The Tech Cafe, the IMAX Dome Theater, and a recreational area that is reserved for special events. Four major theme galleries fill the Upper Level and Lower Level: Communication, Exploration, Innovation, and Life Tech. These galleries are constantly being revamped and changed to fit the theme, movies, and exhibits. On occasion, nearby Parkside Hall is rented from the City of San Jose, to provide extra space for special temporary exhibits.

On the Lower Level there is also a complex multi-story sculpture titled Origin, inside a 45-foot-tall (14 m) cylindrical tower. The artwork portrays relationships among art, technology, and natural resources of the earth.[6] Near the entrance to the building, there is Science on a Roll, a popular rolling ball sculpture by George Rhoads.[7]

The Tech is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.[8]

History[edit]

The Tech during the Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon exhibit, 2010

Planning began in 1978 by members of the Junior League of Palo Alto, with later assistance by the San Jose Junior League.[7] The City of San Jose promised funding for a Technology Center of Silicon Valley in the 1980s, but progress was slow.[7]

The first 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) temporary exhibit opened in 1990; The Garage, named in homage to the HP Garage,[2][3] was housed in San Jose's former convention center. On October 31, 1998, a brand-new 132,000-square-foot (12,300 m2) facility was inaugurated, named The Tech Museum of Innovation.[7][9] In May 2019, the organization was rebranded as The Tech Interactive, and announced a new partnership with Discovery Education.[2][3]

The Tech Interactive reflects its social context, capturing Silicon Valley's celebration of technology with a fascination with what the institution's literature refers to as the "gizmos and gadgets" produced by Valley companies. Early reviews, however, criticized The Tech for failing to provide a coherent direction or message.[10]

In 2018, an expansion of Tech Interactive by 63,000 square feet (5,900 m2) was proposed, as part of a major high-rise office development in Museum Place.[11]

Exhibits[edit]

The Tech's Google Earth exhibit
An atrium at The Tech

The Tech Interactive has many exhibits dealing with energy efficiency, customization, exploration and genetics.

The Tech Interactive offers a new approach to viewing galleries from a wide variety of different media. Most of these exhibits are interactive and allow the viewer to engage in the learning experience. The Tech also has joint partnerships with local attractions, ranging from jazz festivals to the Global Festival of Art.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater,[12] opened in 1998 and upgraded since then,[7] shows mainstream movies as well as educational films. It is Northern California's only domed IMAX Theater, and can seat up to 280 people.[13]

Social robots[edit]

The Tech has an interactive exhibit where people can design and build robots.[14]

The Tech Studio[edit]

The Tech created an open-to-the-public workshop space where the in-house prototypers build new exhibits.[15]

The Tech Virtual[edit]

The Tech Virtual launched in December 2007. On June 4, 2008, the world's first museum exhibits developed using this open source method opened in the museum's own Virtual Test Zone gallery. The seven exhibits, all contributed under a Creative Commons license and prototyped in the virtual world of Second Life, became part of the museum's Art, Film, Music and Games exhibition. The Virtual Test Zone gallery itself is a prototype exhibit area that will consistently feature virtual-to-real-world exhibits on specific themes resulting from The Tech Virtual programs.

Body Worlds Decoded[edit]

In 2017, Tech Interactive opened a semi-permanent exhibition called Body Worlds Decoded. Sponsored by venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife Ann, the exhibit features plastinated human anatomical specimens supplemented by augmented reality and a digital anatomy table. The exhibit is intended to run for at least 10 years.[16][17]

Temporary exhibitions[edit]

On special occasions The Tech will rent out Parkside Hall from the City of San José to host special larger exhibits. In 2007, this hall was the home to the exhibit known as Body Worlds 2, which brought in over 280,000 guests. In winter of 2008, there was a special Leonardo da Vinci exhibit (called Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future) that displayed some of his inventions, discoveries, and artwork; it ended January 25, 2009, after a three-week extension.[18]

The Tech formerly hosted Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.[19]

The Tech opened a new exhibition on Digital Music in March 2014,[20] called REBOOT:music, including Tim Thompson's Space Palette.[21]

Programs[edit]

The Tech Awards[edit]

The Tech Awards is a program of The Tech wherein a yearly ceremony is held for individuals and organizations to get recognition for their technological contributions to improving the human condition.

The Tech Challenge[edit]

The Tech Challenge is a signature program of The Tech. It is a design challenge competition for students Grades 5–12.[22] Over the past 26 years, The Tech Challenge had around 17,000 students compete by building devices to solve issues such as wildfires, fish removal and landing on an asteroid.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introducing The Tech Interactive". Medium. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c Pizarro, Sal (23 May 2019). "The Tech unveils a new name and an expanded mission". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  3. ^ a b c Pizarro, Sal (May 24, 2019). "New Name, The Tech Interactive, and a new mission". The Mercury News. pp. B1, B6.
  4. ^ Herhold, Scott. "Herhold: Designer of two San Jose museums dies in Mexico". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  5. ^ McEnery, Tom (5 March 2019). "Opinion: Tech Museum embodies the best of Silicon Valley". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  6. ^ "Origin" (PDF). City of San Jose. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e Pizarro, Sal (2 March 2019). "The Tech still inspires innovation after 20 years in San Jose". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  8. ^ "The Tech Museum of Innovation". Charity Navigator.
  9. ^ "About Us: The Tech Today". The Tech Museum of Innovation. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  10. ^ Perrin, Andrew (2002). "Making Silicon Valley : Culture, Representation, and Technology at the Tech Museum". The Communication Review. 5 (2): 91. doi:10.1080/10714420212479.
  11. ^ Avalos, George (1 November 2018). "Downtown San Jose's Museum Place complex will feature big office tower, Tech Museum expansion". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  12. ^ Kaplan, Tracey (2012-04-25). "Michael L. Hackworth - Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist - dies at 71". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  13. ^ "IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech Museum". IMAX. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Deinzer, Erin Caslavka. "Places where you can interact with robots". SF Gate. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  15. ^ Chan, Norman. "Exhibit Design at The Tech Museum of Innovation". Tested.com. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Body Worlds Decoded". The Tech. Tech Museum of Innovation. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  17. ^ "The Tech Museum of Innovation reinvents Body Worlds exhibit with unprecedented augmented reality experience". The Tech. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Alton, Elizabeth. "'Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination' Makes Its Final Stop". Entertainment Designer. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  20. ^ DDT, Rich. "The Tech Museum Interactive Digital Music Installation - Request for Proposals January 20th". rhizome. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  21. ^ Mosher, Mark. "Tim Thompson's Space Palette at The Tech Museum of Innovation REBOOT:Music Exhibit in San Jose". Modulate this!. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  22. ^ "The Tech Challenge - About Us". The Tech Museum of Innovation. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  23. ^ "Cupertino Students Blow Out the Tech Challenge". Cupertino Patch. Retrieved 2014-02-06.

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