After five years of work, the Tech Interactive  launched their most ambitious project yet – a 5,000 square-foot exhibit focused on climate change and sustainability. Dubbed “Solve for Earth,” it features 15 hands-on stations where visitors can learn about climate change and the impact their actions have on the planet.  

With an emphasis on showcasing how technology plays a role in a sustainable future, the exhibit explores topics such as food security, transportation and energy. Some of the components include: 

Connections Wall 

This interactive map allows visitors to take control of a virtual community, manipulate recycling, transportation, housing and other variables, and observe the impacts of their decisions. 

 

Balance of Power 

An electrical grid simulator challenges users to balance power generation and consumption. 

The Biodiversity Game 

A memory game that shares facts about how biodiversity benefits people. 

Sustainable Cities  

Visitors attempt to design sustainable cities that based off a loosely realistic scale model of the Bay Area. Users can see how their decisions and tradeoffs impact their virtual cities. 

 

The Tech has been one of the Moore Foundation’s longtime grantees, and “Solve for Earth” builds off previous grants. The foundation has funded other projects such as the BioDesign Studio, an exhibit that delves into the intersection of biology and technology to encourage interest in science and engineering.  

"We are excited to support The Tech’s continued efforts to develop exhibits that bring alive important content for visitors. This new thematic exhibit area provides multiple interactive opportunities for visitors to learn about the impact of climate change locally and globally, and explore ways that technologies and communities can contribute to a more sustainable planet. Solve for Earth is a great educational resource for the Bay Area, and its footprint of impact will extend well beyond the local area through The Tech’s partnerships."

Janet Coffey, Moore Foundation program director.  

The interactive components of the new exhibit fit with the Tech’s vision to showcase emerging technological solutions to pressing issues. “Solve for Earth” aims to educate visitors, especially youth, about understanding and advancing environmental sustainability while inspiring people to take action in their communities. In addition to reaching thousands of museum visitors with their exhibits each year, the Tech aims to feature programs for students and educators, promote community science and create impact through global partnerships. For example, the Tech has partnered with Discovery Education to establish Tech for Tomorrow, a program that provides virtual access to exhibits, activities and other educational resources. By allowing students to use these materials without any prohibitive costs, the program aims to introduce them to emerging technologies and spark interest in STEM from a young age.  

A handful of “Solve for Earth” exhibits, such as Scientist Stories and Emerging Tech, are also available for viewing online in both English and Spanish.  

The Tech, located in San Jose, California, is open on Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 
All images courtesy of The Tech Interactive.

 

 

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