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Rebuilding and Serving

The Tech spent 2021 focused on two things: rebuilding and serving. Reopening our institution in May after 14 months of closure was an all-hands-on-deck effort — we hired and trained a new staff, devised and implemented safety protocols, redesigned the visitor experience and so much more. At the same time, our team continued serving our community in countless other ways, like training educators in Design Challenge Learning through The Tech Academies program; engaging young engineers in The Tech Challenge; educating students through virtual and in-person lab experiences; and developing and distributing hundreds of online resources for educators and families all over the world. None of this would have been possible without your continued support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us do what we do best: inspire the innovator in everyone.


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

Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2021


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


Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2021


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


Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2021


Participants in The Tech Challenge annual program, which again operated virtually to continue to serve students despite restrictions on gathering.


“I learned that with determination, creativity, and teamwork, you can make your ideas a reality.”
— Tech Challenge participant 

Reflects participation in 2021 event


Number of tickets sold to The Tech Interactive and our IMAX Dome Theater in 2021 following our reopening at the end of May.


May 29-Dec. 31, 2021


Number of students who participated in a hands-on Science Lab (virtual or in-person)


Jan 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2021


Students reached through the 108 educators who participated in our Tech Academies in-depth professional development program for Title I schools

(Tech Academies) meetings always gave me practical strategies and ideas to use right away with my students. After completing Year 1, I have more confidence in teaching engineering to my students.”

— Tech Academies participant

August 2020-June 2021


Online resources for educators and families available on our websites (includes lessons, courses, activities and videos)

As of Dec. 31, 2021


Spanish-language resources for educators and families available on our websites (includes lessons, courses, activities and videos)

As of Dec. 31, 2021


Number of states reached with our online materials and programs, including Washington, D.C.


Number of countries reached with our online materials and programs, including Nigeria, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, Belgium and Pakistan

Calendar Year 2021

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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