The Tech Interactive

The Tech Interactive The Tech Interactive is a must-see, must-do Silicon Valley experience. New exhibits! New movies! Hands-on science & IMAX! 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA, 95113 Phone: 408-294-8324
The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center located in the heart of downtown San Jose, California. It has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth — Silicon Valley. We are driven by our mission: to inspire the innovator in everyone.
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We had so much fun celebrating Galileo Day last weekend! The day was full of visionary creations, courageous designs, an...
02/08/2020

We had so much fun celebrating Galileo Day last weekend! The day was full of visionary creations, courageous designs, an exceptional amount of joy and, of course, rubber chickens!

Feeling inspired? Sign up for camp today at galileo-learning.com.

"I firmly believe that kids should not be taught that girly things and sciencey things are mutually exclusive." We're he...
02/07/2020
What's a 'Science Princess' doing in an ice field in Alaska?

"I firmly believe that kids should not be taught that girly things and sciencey things are mutually exclusive." We're here for Glaciologist Elsa. 👏👑

Celeste Labedz's picture of herself dressed up as a princess while on a field trip researching glaciers has become a viral hit.

Today we did the impossible: more than 45,000 students took a field trip to The Tech Interactive.⠀And you can join them!...
02/06/2020

Today we did the impossible: more than 45,000 students took a field trip to The Tech Interactive.

And you can join them! Our first ever Virtual Field Trip with Discovery Education just went live! Visit our exhibits and take a tour of Silicon Valley from anywhere. Check it out here: https://techfortomorrow.com/virtual-field-trip/

02/06/2020

We’re pulling out alllll the stops for the upcoming three day weekend (Feb. 15 - 17). Come make with us! ✂️🤩

02/05/2020
Discovery Education

We're just ONE day away from the premiere of our first-ever Virtual Field Trip!

This might be our most innovative and interactive Virtual Field Trip yet! Students will get to meet the professionals in cutting-edge tech fields like data science, biotechnology and robotics with the all-new #TechForTomorrow Virtual Field Trip. Premieres tomorrow 1/30 at 1 PM EST. Register and download the accompanying educator guide here: https://rb.gy/8ttlyh The Tech Interactive

When future architects roll through Tech Studio 😲
02/03/2020

When future architects roll through Tech Studio 😲

01/31/2020

Start your weekend off right with some kombucha leather ASMR 😎

01/31/2020

We get lots of thoughtful responses and questions about our experiences here at The Tech. People also leave comments at Body Worlds Decoded. 😂

We ❤️ partnering with orgs committed to empowering young women.⠀Last week we hosted the Miss CEO “Building Your Brand” w...
01/30/2020

We ❤️ partnering with orgs committed to empowering young women.

Last week we hosted the Miss CEO “Building Your Brand” workshop. Over 70 high school girls received leadership training and career advice from Silicon Valley professionals. 🤩

Anja is one of the brains behind our BioTinkering Lab. And she doesn't just have a way with microbiological cultures, sh...
01/28/2020

Anja is one of the brains behind our BioTinkering Lab. And she doesn't just have a way with microbiological cultures, she's got a way with words.

Today’s #WordWithVision comes from Anja Scholze, Program Director at The Tech Interactive.

The Tech Interactive is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. Check them out: https://thetech.org

Chief Financial Officer? More like Chief FERN Officer. Everyone brings their plants to Harvard's office because of his g...
01/26/2020

Chief Financial Officer? More like Chief FERN Officer. Everyone brings their plants to Harvard's office because of his green thumb and natural light. Here he is enjoying a weekly plant party. 🌱☀️

Last night our staff said goodbye to our President and CEO of eight years, Tim Ritchie. There were laughs, tears and a r...
01/25/2020

Last night our staff said goodbye to our President and CEO of eight years, Tim Ritchie. There were laughs, tears and a replacement CEO we grew out of mycelium.

Thanks for everything Tim. We all wish you the best at Museum of Science, Boston.

Get yourself a science center with RANGE. 👏
01/24/2020

Get yourself a science center with RANGE. 👏

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. 🌏👏 We're so excited to have Xiye here...
01/24/2020
'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. 🌏👏 We're so excited to have Xiye here for a keynote at the Youth Climate Action Summit on Saturday, March 7th.

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.

01/22/2020
Ratatouille Part 2

The movie “Ratatouille” finally has a sequel! 😉

We loved having our friends from #biojamcamp here to run their Mealworm Chef activity on Saturday. They’re raising awareness that worms can eat plastic by making tiny meals out of styrofoam. 😍

Learn more about the BioEngineering camp for teens here: https://biojamcamp.weebly.com

Oh you thought it rained in San Jose today? No those were just our tears after reading thank you notes from some 10-year...
01/17/2020

Oh you thought it rained in San Jose today? No those were just our tears after reading thank you notes from some 10-year-olds. Shoutout to lab instructor Tracey for inspiring these young engineers! ❤️

01/16/2020

Our second annual Youth Climate Action Summit is happening on Saturday, March 7th!

We welcome all high school students to come hear from National Geographic Explorers and participate in problem-solving activities. 🌏 The event will sell out so claim your spot ASAP (bit.ly/YCAS2020).

YCAS is presented by @NetApp.

Did someBODY say today is Museum Selfie Day?? 😄
01/15/2020

Did someBODY say today is Museum Selfie Day?? 😄

"You are bold when it comes to the vulnerable, creative when it comes to the innovative and wise when it comes to the po...
01/15/2020

"You are bold when it comes to the vulnerable, creative when it comes to the innovative and wise when it comes to the powerful. It’s that kind of integrity and civic leadership that gives the strength to organizations like The Tech to do what it needs to do to help talented people who lack opportunity succeed." - Tim Ritchie

Today our President & CEO received commendations from San Jose & Santa Clara County.

Tim was recognized for transforming The Tech in his 8 years here, but he says our unique community & civic leadership made it all possible.

In a couple short weeks, Tim will be the next president of Museum of Science, Boston. There's no doubt he will leave behind a significant impact on Silicon Valley, while he continues to reimagine how a science center can inspire anyone to believe in their ability to make the world a better place.

01/14/2020
HOW many miles?

Did you know that the network of arteries, veins and capillaries in your body are 60K miles long? 😱

Shoutout to Body Worlds Decoded exhibit lead, Danielle for blowing our minds with this fact.

Happy Friday from the best problem-solving doggo in town.
01/11/2020

Happy Friday from the best problem-solving doggo in town.

Balancing skill level: mom
01/07/2020

Balancing skill level: mom

What do you get when you use a deer-shaped cookie cutter? Cookie doe! Ha. But really… you COULD create a deer cookie cut...
01/04/2020

What do you get when you use a deer-shaped cookie cutter? Cookie doe! Ha. But really… you COULD create a deer cookie cutter if you want to. You can make a cookie cutter shaped as ANYTHING this Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s your last chance!

01/04/2020
The final shake

Today our staff shook on the Earthquake platform one last time. 💜

This is the final weekend Exploration will be open before it closes for renovation.

Happy New Year! 🎉 May your 2020 be full of curiosity, problem-solving and creativity.
01/02/2020

Happy New Year! 🎉 May your 2020 be full of curiosity, problem-solving and creativity.

12/31/2019
Doug's 2019 Recap

Doug DeFrees spent every Friday of 2019 volunteering at The Tech. He even has this video montage to show for it! We’re so grateful for Doug and all the volunteers who gave their time this year. 💜

In just one week the Exploration gallery is closing! Come experience space and earthquakes with us one last time. ✨
12/29/2019

In just one week the Exploration gallery is closing! Come experience space and earthquakes with us one last time. ✨

If you didn’t stand outside our building watching the ball machine for 20 minutes... did you really go to Christmas in t...
12/28/2019

If you didn’t stand outside our building watching the ball machine for 20 minutes... did you really go to Christmas in the Park? 😉🎄 @ San Jose, California

12/26/2019

Team @francicakes created a custom cookie cutter in Tech Studio and used it to make some yodally amazing treats. 😋

Join us now through Jan 5th, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to make your own cookie cutter! ✌️❤️

12/24/2019
Girls on the Mic

These girls rock! And they also mix, sample and dub.

We were lucky enough to host the Girls on the Mic program from Women's Audio Mission this fall! Girls learned skills that will prepare them for the audio engineering industry. 🙌

Shoutout to the Intel Foundation for supporting this great program. #shewillconnect

12/20/2019

The production of concrete accounts for 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions. 🤯

Our biotech team has been playing with #bioconcrete, a natural alternative! Could this be a future BioTinkering Lab activity?! 👀

12/18/2019
Sacred Heart Community Service

We're so proud to partner with Sacred Heart Community Service for our annual staff toy drive. ❤️

Deanna from @thetechinteractive donated a whole bin full of toys this morning! Woohoo! Thank you! #weareshcs

We had a jolly good time crafting with guests over the weekend! 🎅 Look at those creations! So festive! So fun! Is this p...
12/17/2019

We had a jolly good time crafting with guests over the weekend! 🎅 Look at those creations! So festive! So fun! Is this post making you wish you could go back in time and participate in making a charming holiday keepsake? Well you have another shot THIS WEEKEND. Join us anytime on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for round two. 🕺

12/15/2019
Bach on the Wiki Sonic

Not only is Steven Holmes a Gallery Facilitator, he's a talented musician too! He enjoys playing classical songs at the Wiki Sonic station on the lower level. Here he performs "Minuet in G major" by Bach. 🤩

The Tech Cafe is working hard to reduce their carbon footprint! They have converted utensils from plastic to compostable...
12/14/2019

The Tech Cafe is working hard to reduce their carbon footprint! They have converted utensils from plastic to compostable and waters from bottled to boxed. 🎉

Our virtual field trip is dropping in February. Stay tuned. 😎bit.ly/36xTmI5
12/12/2019

Our virtual field trip is dropping in February. Stay tuned. 😎bit.ly/36xTmI5

We’re so excited about our partnership with Discovery Education. Together we’ll reach millions of educators about Design...
12/12/2019
The Tech

We’re so excited about our partnership with Discovery Education. Together we’ll reach millions of educators about Design Challenge Learning!

Tech for Tomorrow is an education program for grades 4–8 designed to highlight the ways technology and innovation can better our world. Tech for Tomorrow’s mission is to introduce students to today’s cutting-edge technology and inspire them to create enduring innovations for the future.

12/11/2019
Science in a Strange Place: Ep. 1

Once upon a time a scientist in California wondered, “can an earthquake dissolve my solutions?” Watch this video to find out! 👀

“I find the microscopic world to be just as interesting as the world we see everyday.”⠀Robert is a Senior Gallery Facili...
12/07/2019

“I find the microscopic world to be just as interesting as the world we see everyday.”

Robert is a Senior Gallery Facilitator here at The Tech Interactive. He is also a very talented artist who often gets inspired by different forms of science.

Both paintings depict a virus. Guess we could say that’s some pretty “sick art.”

After eight years of leadership, Tim Ritchie is leaving The Tech Interactive to become the 13th president of the Museum ...
12/04/2019
The Tech announces search for next president

After eight years of leadership, Tim Ritchie is leaving The Tech Interactive to become the 13th president of the Museum of Science, Boston. He helped The Tech reach new heights with world-class exhibits developed in-house and a major 20-year vision to reach 100 million people by 2039. He oversaw the launch and growth of The Tech Academies, which impacts the education of 30,000 kids every day in our local schools. He is a kind and thoughtful leader who will be missed here and in our community.

Our interim president will be longtime board chair Christopher DiGiorgio, who has more than 40 years of experience in business, civic and nonprofit leadership in Silicon Valley.

Go to thetech.org/president for details about the plans for finding The Tech’s next leader.

Americans spend about $5 on coffee a day. Today, consider giving up your cup to fund opportunities for the next generati...
12/03/2019
The Tech: GivingTuesday 2019

Americans spend about $5 on coffee a day. Today, consider giving up your cup to fund opportunities for the next generation of problem-solvers. 🧡 #GivingTuesday

https://www.classy.org/campaign/the-tech-givingtuesday-2019/c253029

The world needs young people who are equipped to tackle the toughest challenges facing our planet. They will need to know how to embrace diverse points of view and work together without fear of failure. At The Tech, through every program, activity and experience, this is what we do. We provide...

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201 S Market St
San Jose, CA
95113

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Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may vary. Please see website for current schedule. Closed August 28 - September 1, Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Come check out Interstellar in IMAX at The Tech Interactive! https://www.facebook.com/events/777515096101331/permalink/777515109434663/
We had a blast today, our Kids all interacting with everything they put there hands on. Thanks to The Tech for opening there door to all!!♥️♥️
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The Tech is an interactive eye opener for many of its visitors.
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Excited to see Superpower Dogs with Surf Dog Ricochet! Thank you for showing this inspiring film!
Yesterday I spent a wonderful day at The San Jose Tech Museum Of Innovation! Thank you Gina Stephens for an awesome Christmas gift! I love you so!💞💞 For those that haven't been there I highly recommend it!!
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