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Afterschool Program to Inspire San Francisco Youth to Enter Technology Workforce

For Immediate Release:
October 01, 2005

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Afterschool Program to Inspire San Francisco Youth to Enter Technology Workforce

National Science Foundation Awards Exploratorium and
San Francisco Beacon Initiative $900,000 Over Three Years

The Exploratorium, in collaboration with the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, (a public-private partnership that creates youth and family centers in public schools), has received a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to inspire young people to enter the technology workforce. Called Xtech, this program will bring all the Exploratorium’s genius for hands-on learning, and its vast scientific and technological resources to 300 underserved, middle school youth at five Beacon Centers. There, young people will work with a new generation of programmable microprocessors and digital imaging, the real tools of science and technology, for a total of six months during the school year and through an intensive summer camp. This is a new model that formally pairs a museum’s resources and experience with an established afterschool network.

The project draws on recent research regarding the skills required for science and jobs; on the fact of the under-representation of women and minorities in IT and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines; and the need for training that prepares workers to adapt to new technologies. The Exploratorium /Beacon Initiative intends to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the field by targeting middle school youth in afterschool programs with engaging activities that expose participants to the potential of technology.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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