Date: February 1987
Keywords: Apple museum donation
Text: Cupertino, California, January 17, 1987. Apple Computer, Inc. has announced that it will make a donation of $250,000 to the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. The money will support the creation of one of the museum's major exhibits "Around the World Travel." Apple's donation was announced at a press conference held on the day of its 10th birthday party at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Albert Eisenstat, senior vice president of Apple stated, "It is particularly appropriate for us to make this donation to the Children's Discovery Museum as we reach this milestone in the history of Apple and the personal computer industry. As Apple has grown, so has the community that we call home. The notions of discovery and experimentation are at the heart of what has helped Apple become what it is today, and this museum is designed to encourage that same spirit. "We're really making this donation to the children of our community, so they can learn about their world in challenging and creative ways ." Apple's donation is designated for the development of an exhibit called "Around the World Travel," which is described by Museum Executive Director Sally R. Osberg as "an intercultural experience for children. It will give them direct awareness of cultural differences and similarities," she said, "and will incorporate sections on how environments, languages, and cultural symbols influence people. Using a variety of hands-on and explanatory media, children will have direct experiences with the living environments, arts, habits, and institutions of foreign cultures." She added that the cultures represented in the exhibit will reflect the diversity of groups that live within the San Jose area. According to Eisenstat, it is also likely that Apple computers will be used in the exhibit as part of a telecommunications link between museum visitors and children in other parts of the world. "Besides just showing children what communications technology looks like, we hope they can actually use it to share ideas and information during their visit to the museum," he stated. The design committee of "Around the World Travel" includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who is on the Board of Directors of the Children's Discovery Museum and is a major supporter of the project, and Yolanda Jenkins, Ph.D., also a museum board member and education market analyst at Apple. Other committee members include Ted Kahn, Ph.D. (Picodyne Corporation), Dave Thornburg (Innovision), and Pamela Thornburg (teacher, Redwood City School District). The Children's Discovery Museum is described as "a place for children to learn by doing through participatory exhibits and programs." It is scheduled to open in late 1988 or early 1989.
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