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Koshland Science Museum Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with Nov. 19 Event

Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer

Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
202-334-2138, Email: Maureen O'Leary

October 30, 2008Washington, DC –The Marian Koshland Science Museum has joined hundreds of partners around the world to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17 – 23, designed to inspire innovation, creativity, and imagination among young people in more than 75 countries. As part of that effort, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Koshland will host an Innovation Tournament open to all would-be entrepreneurs and display results of the museum’s team in Stanford University’s Global Innovation Tournament, a worldwide competition.

“The Koshland Science Museum is very excited about participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Patrice Legro, the museum’s director. ”Many scientists and engineers are successful entrepreneurs because they share those qualities -- creativity, imagination, and innovation -- that are behind every great invention or endeavor. In these times, it’s more important than ever to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship.“

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Koshland invites everyone ages 13 and up to participate in a mock Innovation Tournament, the goal of which is to create something of value from ordinary objects such as paper clips or Post-it notes. Opening remarks will be delivered by Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, one of the main sponsors of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Also on Wednesday evening, members of a team sponsored by the Koshland and the Science Centre Singapore will be on hand to display their results from the Stanford University‘s Global Innovation Tournament, a weeklong competition for teams of students from around the world. The team is comprised of students from the Academy of Science of Loudon County Public High Schools, Loudon, Va.; and the Hwa Chong Institute of Singapore.

Tickets for the Nov. 19 event are $7; $5 for students Advance purchase is recommended. For tickets or more information, call (202) 334-1201 or e-mail ksm@nas.edu.

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The Marian Koshland Science Museum explores the complexities of science and brings current scientific issues to life for the general public through interactive, dynamic exhibits based on reports by the National Academies. Located on 6th and E Sts., NW, the museum is easily accessible by metro at the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. For more information, visit the museum website.

Global Entrepreneurship Week / USA is sponsored nationally by the Kauffman Foundation and the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence; founded globally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign; sponsored globally by NYSE Euronext, IBM and Ernst & Young; and, supported by JA Worldwide, Endeavor, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, DECA, YPO-WPO, and National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. To view a complete list of participating countries or to learn more, visit www.unleashingideas.org.

The Global Innovation Tournament is an “Apprentice-style” competition open to student teams around the world. Teams submit their video project online, and Stanford will then judge and select global winners. For more information, visit www. eweek.stanford.edu/global2008.