Impact at a global scale
The initiative will have a broader ripple effect too, expanding far beyond San Jose, through the development of online tools for educators to bring engaging lesson plans and activities into classrooms. The initiative is premised on the central understanding that technology can help us—in the Bay Area and around the world—live more sustainably on earth. But to get there, we will need more innovators working on critical problems, and more people who understand the choices we need to make.
Some of that starts with kids and families. The Tech and the Bay Area’s other science museums recognize how vital it is to inspire us all at an early age to wonder and inquire about the world around us, and to believe in our own ability to make a difference.
True to the ethos of Silicon Valley, the new program will focus on emerging technologies, with a commitment to update the innovation that’s featured on a continual basis. Gretchen Walker, vice president of learning at the museum, explained, “The Technology and Sustainability initiative builds on our strengths to create learning experiences for young people and tools for educators that will both inspire and build the capacity of the next generation of problem solvers. By highlighting emerging tech we’re modeling what it looks like to take on big, global challenges.”
“We are honored to have helped with early support for The Tech in developing Technology and Sustainability,” said Janet Coffey, program officer for Science Learning at the Moore Foundation. “And, we hope others will join too. Like so much of what The Tech does, this will be much more than an exhibition—it’s a multi-dimensional experience and deep science education initiative that can spark children’s curiosity, and inspire creative problem solving at home, in school, in their community and around the world.”
The initiative launches in January 2020. To learn more or find out how you can support this initiative and get involved, contact Linda Tsai, Vice President for Strategy at The Tech, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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