Apple-Icon Wows Science Center Supporters With Intimate Conversation About Technology

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Speaking openly and candidly in a living-room format interview, Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak entertained, challenged and joked, as South Florida Science Center and Aquarium benefit guests watched intently – until it was their turn to ask the questions. “The Tech Revolution: An Evening with Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak” was chaired by Elizabeth and Ben Gordon. “The ‘Woz’ was a perfect fit for the annual Science Center benefit,” said Ms. Gordon. “Wozniak was able to impart wisdom to a group full of science and technology supporters, but in a fun and engaging atmosphere. He shared that his love of engineering was developed at an early age, and in order to get children involved in science, math and technology, we need to have a hands-on learning platform where they can experiment with science, such as the South Florida Science Center. We are grateful to the Science Center’s supporters for recognizing this growing need.” The intimate evening felt more like ‘Woz’ was a personal dinner guest, as he shared his formula for happiness, happiness equals smiles minus frowns; told stories about his infamous pranks, his wife attested that no one was safe from being ‘Woz-ed’; gave personal tips for iPhone use; and divulged his vision for the future of technology. One of the most sought after technology speakers, Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products – the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976 Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc., with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. Currently, he serves as chief scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author. “It is clear that science and technology are vital to our future,” said Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO. “As ‘Woz’ can attest, it is critical to engage children at a young age and turn them on to a future in science as so many science, technology, engineering and math jobs are going unfilled. We are thankful to our benefit chairs, Elizabeth and Ben Gordon, for recognizing the importance of technology and securing world-class speaker Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak. We are also grateful to our supporters, including Quantum Foundation and new donor Amin Khoury, founder and CEO of B/E Aerospace. We are excited to share news about his recent donation of $250,000.” With a mission to “open every mind to science,” the Science Center features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. For general information about the Science Center, call 561- 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.