San Jose Tech Museum Visit

The Tech Museum 

The San Jose Tech Museum Of Innovation is nestled in the heart of the major technology hub of Silicon Valley, California.

The huge building in the heart of Downtown has science and innovation stuffed under its roof.  Comprising of eight exhibition areas.  It offers immersive, hands-on learning for all ages. 

We started off with having our faces sketched by a robot.  No, it was no Leonardo Da Vinci but it was fun to see the robot hand pick up a pencil and jerk from side to side, up and down whilst putting pencil to paper. tech museum San Jose portrait artist robot tech museum San Jose portrait artist robot tech museum San Jose alphabet block writing robot

Another robot in the same exhibition area was able to pick up wooden alphabet blocks to spell out your name (or whatever you typed into the computer).

 

 

Science and innovation labs

science and innovation lab at the tech museum San Jose design process workshop

When we were there this area was heaving with children working together in teams.  They were attending a workshop to participate in learning experiences that reinforce scientific methods and the design process.   Topics covered are DNA & Genetics, Electricity, Physics of Roller Coasters, Creating a multi-tasking social robot.

 

 

 

 

Bio Design Studio

Interactive exhibits to showcase the intelligent design in living things.

Creature Creation Station

Create virtual creatures using connective strands that program your creature with ‘if’ and ‘then’ statements.  For example; if another creature touches my creature then my creature turns multiple colors or pumps out green die.  You can choose         creating your own creature at the San Jose tech museum

creating your own creature at the San Jose tech museum

‘what if’ and ‘then’  statements by using plastic connective strands to get the results you want.  You then release your creature onto the screen and it interacts with other creatures created by other visitors.  We found this a really interesting exhibit that demonstrated the programming process well.

 

 

 

 

Reboot Reality

Reboot reality at the San Jose tech museum

Collaborations with businesses and organizations such as Facebook, Stanford University, and Hewlett-Packard.

Birdly –  A virtual reality flight simulator with actual moving wings that your arms are strapped into to guide and power your flight.

Stanford VR – Virtual reality simulation headsets the allow you to experience virtual cityscapes.

Wetbrush Adobe – A digital art studio that recreates the look and texture of oil painting.  It was really easy to use and the effects were incredible.

The Tech Studio

A collaborative design space which offers guided STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) experiences, in ‘construct’ and ‘create’ type workshops.

Other fun exhibits

Take a ride in a chair resembling a NASA manned maneuvering unit (MMU). pretend you are in outer space with a nasa manned space simulation at the San Jose tech museum

One of my favorite moments was discovering the lab producing building bricks made from mushrooms. Mycelium bricks.  They are super light and very durable!  I am excited about the prospect of eco-friendly housing built with mushrooms. The Tech Museum Of Innovation San Jose and their mushroom brick lab

And we got to experience what it felt like to have the floor shake beneath us in a simulation of the Northridge, California earthquake back in 1994. With a magnitude of 6.7. It was actually a bit scary (and made us giggle) as it shook the floor beneath us quite violently.simulation of the Northridge earthquake 1994 at the San Jose tech museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was lots more to discover besides during our San Jose Tech Museum Visit.  I totally recommend a visit.  We went home exhausted from all of the information, innovation and out of the box thinking.   What…you don’t believe thinking can make you tired?  Here’s a little factoid.  According to an article in the Scientific American;

Although the average adult human brain weighs about 1.4 kilograms, only 2 percent of total body weight, it demands 20 percent of our resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the total amount of energy our bodies expend in one very lazy day of no activity

Go visit the Tech Museum.  The let us know on our Facebook page what your favorite exhibit was.

making crazy faces at the San Jose tech museumcreating social robots at the San Jose tech museum interactive exhibits showing medical innovation at the San Jose tech museum

 

 

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