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A Year Like No Other

Within two days of shelter-in-place orders on March 13, 2020, The Tech built multiple new programs to expand our reach exponentially, ensuring we could continue inspiring the innovator in everyone, everywhere — even while our doors were closed. We pivoted our in-depth programs, like The Tech Challenge and Tech Academies, to virtual formats. And we worked behind the scenes to plan a return to business just as soon as it is safe. 


Here’s a look back at a year like no other.


Impressions of online educational resources, such as videos and at-home activities.

March 13 to Dec. 31, 2020


Students reached through the Bowers Institute professional development resources for educators.


March 1 to Dec. 31, 2020


Students reached with Tech materials — such as our two Virtual Field Trips — through our partnership with Discovery Education.


Dec. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2020


Participants in The Tech Challenge, which pivoted to a virtual format and served thousands of students, many following the start of shelter-in-place restrictions.


“I learned how to persevere through difficult times and adapt to different situations. I also learned better problem-solving and communication skills. But the biggest thing I discovered was my interest in engineering.”

— Student participant in The Tech Challenge

Reflects participation in 2020 event


Number of people who visited The Tech Interactive last year before we closed our doors.


July 1, 2019, to March 13, 2020 (day of closure)


Youth affected directly by virtual programming.

March 1 to Dec. 31, 2020


Students reached through the 971 educators who participated in our Tech Academies in-depth professional development program for Title I schools.

“It’s a very rewarding experience that prepares you to be a better educator for our students.”

— Educator Jeremy Corrales, City of San Jose

July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020


Online resources developed and released on our web sites (includes lessons, courses, activities and videos)


Virtual events held

(for members, young people and educators)


Videos made and released (via The Tech Interactive at Home and social media)


Spanish-language activities and lessons developed and released

March 1 to Dec. 31, 2020

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When The Tech Interactive closed, our team set out to bring as many activities found in our building to the home. If you’d like to support these efforts, please consider making a gift.

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