Exponential Center Educational Resources

The Exponential Center @CHM offers education experiences and unique curricula to serve a wide variety of college and adult audiences on topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and the Silicon Valley ecosystem model.

Silicon Valley: The Untold Story

The Computer History Museum teamed up with award-winning Kikim Media for a three-part documentary called Silicon Valley: The Untold Story. Aired on Discovery’s Science Channel in March 2018, the film provides television’s first comprehensive look at the history of the region and includes interviews with such key Valley figures as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum, and former Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt.

As the community and educational outreach partner for the film, the Exponential Center developed discussion guides for college and adult learners that provide provocative guidelines for in-depth exploration of the innovation ecosystem in Silicon Valley: what works and why.

7th−12th grade Lesson Plans

College and Adult Discussion Guides

Additional Resources from CHM’s Collections


One Word: Advice From Silicon Valley

What word of advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting a company? Is there a story that reminds you of challenges faced, obstacles overcome, or important lessons learned?

When we ask these questions of the Silicon Valley founders and builders we encounter at the Computer History Museum, their faces light up as they recall the early days of their startups or the long course of their careers. They are eager to share. The resources below will help you cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and help you think about how to build a strong team with complementary skills.

YouTube Video Activities

One Word Lesson Plan

Online Exercises

One Word Exhibit

Women’s Work: Perspectives On Gender In Tech

News articles and personal stories about gender discrimination and the sexual harassment of women at work are sparking a much-needed conversation. Why are these problems so pervasive and persistent in a number of industries, including technology? How can we be part of the solution?

Watch videos that draw on CHM’s collections to share stories, insights, and advice from some of the most successful and powerful women in Silicon Valley tech. Explore topics on gender and job stereotypes, leadership challenges, and pattern matching in the additional videos and discussion guides. Use the guides to start a debate in your classroom, at your work, with a group of friends, or around the dinner table.

Women’s Work videos and discussion guides


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