The Tech Museum

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
+1 (408) 294-8324
Open daily; hours vary. Check website for schedule.

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery: Machines that expand the mind
Opens September 15, 2010

Discover the world’s only permanent gallery on revolutionary Silicon Valley innovations.  The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Galley presents cutting-edge technologies in this exhibition at The Tech Museum.

Explore how Silicon Valley technologies are revolutionizing human thought, creativity, and communication. The gallery’s unique hands-on exhibits immerse visitors in digital art, virtual travel, computer animation, and nanotechnology.

In the center of the gallery is “Microchips: The Heart of the Revolution.” This space houses three exhibits that explain what microchips are, how they work, and how they have changed the course of human history.

This mini-gallery also features videos of kids and teens explaining computer science concepts in their own words.

Outside “Microchips,” three additional exhibits demonstrate how Silicon Valley’s inventions are radically transforming all human endeavors:

“Infinite Creativity“ showcases digital tools that allow all people to create and collaborate artistically. On the exhibit’s four touch-screen canvases, visitors fingerpaint colorful lines, swirls, and shapes.

A large screen then broadcasts each visitor’s artwork on a constantly evolving collage.

“You are Everywhere” shows how everyone can be an explorer and navigator. In this semicircular room of screens, visitors fly across the surface of the Earth, moon, and Mars with a mere touch of a button and tilt of a joystick.

“From Math to Magic” takes visitors behind the scenes of a video game to reveal the math and science that drive modern computer graphics.  Three stations explore form, lighting, texture, perspective, and the physics of motion.