The Objective

Body Metrics invites people to learn about their physical, social, and emotional health, and how these things are affected by environment, behavior, movement, and interactions with others. Visitors are outfitted with a sensor kit including three wearable devices — a customized iPod, a Somaxis muscle and heart sensor, and a NeuroSky EEG headset. Using these tools, they’ll be able to explore and manipulate their data streams, displayed on the iPod screen, while participating in activities within the Body Metrics exhibition and throughout the museum.

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Body Metrics

The Timeline: Opened October 2014

The Budget: $3 million

$1 million already secured
from Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente and Technology Sponsor NetApp

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The Objective

Through hands-on activities, guests will develop the skills to live a fulfilling and safe digital life as well as learn what it takes to be a cyber-security professional. As they progress through the exhibition, visitors will learn about the dynamics and vulnerabilities of internet communications and how these can be exploited. In addition, they’ll acquire an understanding of managing their online information and innovative processes involved in securing data.

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Cyber Security

The Timeline: Opening Spring 2015

The Budget: $3 million

Presenting Sponsor:
Palo Alto Networks

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The Objective

Visitors will be challenged to determine how to live sustainably on Earth, Mars and in space. Energy, food production, water conservation, and waste disposal are some of the vital areas explored in these three constrained environments.

Sustainable Planets

The Timeline: 2016

The Budget: $10 million

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The Objective

In a space designed to reflect Silicon Valley incubators, visitors engage in design challenges and maker activities, and our team builds and prototypes new exhibits. The Tech Studio is used by community partners for product demonstrations, workshops, and hack-a-thons. Here, we enable visitors to build what they can imagine, and partners to demonstrate what they have created.

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Tech Studio

The Timeline: Open in beta

The Budget: $3 million

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The Objective

Thanks to medical innovations, life expectancies have been extended by a year every five years for the past three decades. New discoveries have revolutionized care for chronic and fatal diseases while reducing human suffering from countless conditions. Built on The Tech’s upper level, this exhibition will have a dual focus: on high-tech innovations as well as on ideas that serve high-need populations. It will include a mixture of hands-on experiences, multimedia content, and interactions with complex medical devices.

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Innovations in Health

The Timeline: 2016

The Budget: $3 million

$875,000 already secured
from Presenting Sponsor El Camino Hospital

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The Objective

In this updated version of our popular “Genetics with a Twist” exhibition, visitors will grow proteins, test ideas in simulations, and engage with researchers. They’ll explore multiple hands-on biology experiments surrounded by supplemental exhibits showcasing genetics solutions that save lives and make the world a better place.

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DIY Genetics

The Timeline: Fall 2015

The Budget: $3.5 million

$1 million already secured
from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation

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The Objective

With a focus on design-challenge learning — a combination of project-based learning, design thinking, and the engineering design process — the Design Challenge Learning Institute will tackle our community’s most pressing educational challenges. It will make STEM learning more accessible to low-income students as a means of ending the cycle of poverty. It will increase STEM interest and pursuit among girls so that the developing technologies that shape our society will be more inclusive. It will help educators leverage effective educational technologies. And it will provide quality resources and training for educators who have never taught project-based learning or engineering design but need to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Institute for Learning

The Timeline: Winter 2015

The Budget: $10.05 million

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The Objective

The Tech will update its renowned giant-screen theater to a state-of-the art digital projection system to be used not just for movies but for educational purposes, broadcasts, music performances, product launches, gaming and much more.

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IMAX

The Budget: $7.3 million

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The Objective

The spotlight on The Tech Awards shines brightly one night each fall, but it is relatively dull the rest of the year. The Center will change that with a permanent exhibit highlighting The Tech Awards laureates and their contributions. In the coming years, the innovations of the laureates and the vision of The Tech Awards – showcasing how technology can help humanity overcome its most pressing problems – will be on permanent display at The Tech through regularly updated interactive exhibits and dynamic programming that engages children and adults year-round.

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Center for Tech

The Timeline: Fall 2017

The Budget: $7.3 million

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The Objective

The Civic Lab will engage the Bay Area community to envision a better future and take action to build it, drawing diverse perspectives to the civic engagement table to improve our communities through technology. At its heart is an exhibition and interactive public program called Civic One: One city experiments with one civic issue over the course of one year. The lab's 3,000-square-foot space on the museum’s upper level will host yearlong exhibitions that provoke critical discourse and interdisciplinary thinking through curated artifacts and the experiences of artists, designers, and researchers.

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Center for Tech

The Timeline: Fall 2016

The Budget: $6.55 million

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