Fun and education combine at the Centre for Computing History this half term


The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge will be open seven days a week, including bank holidays, for the duration of the May/June half term, from May 28th to June 5th 2016.


A great range of educational workshops and talks are available  All are encouraged to go along and enjoy the usual mix of nostalgia, education and fun!

The Centre details what's on offer below:


Scratch and Pi

01 June 2016, 11am

What can we make Scratch Sprites do? Talk to each other, dance, run? Perhaps we could make them control blinking LEDs, buzzing buzzers or a motorised wheel?  In this workshop, we’ll be using Scratch to program the Raspberry Pi. Come and see what we can create without having to ‘type’ in any code!



Bug Your Bedroom

01 June 2016, 2pm

Come along to this fun workshop and learn how to create the beginnings of an intruder alarm to protect your bedrooms from being invaded by parents and siblings!  We'll teach you how to write code that detects the time at which someone entered your room, how long they stayed there and then, to gather more evidence, maybe connect a camera module to catch the culprit red-handed!



Electronics Lab: Build a Digital Alarm Clock

02 June 2016, 11am

Come and build yourself a Digital Alarm Clock! On 02 June we'll be turning our Hauser Studio into an Electronics Lab. We'll have soldering stations set-up and our in-house electronics expert will help you assemble, solder and test your Alarm Clock kit ready to take home with you.



Big Trak Challenge

02 June 2016, 3pm

Don't get bored during half term - come and program our Big Trak bots!  In addition to having fun watching the Big Trak bots move in response to your simple commands, the workshop is intended to teach children how to use algorithms to create simple programs.



Build Your Own Adventure Game

03 June 2016, 11am

Twine is a brilliant online tool for constructing interactive stories.  Come along and learn to use it to build a tale of dragons, spaceships or spies (or maybe all three in one story!) that your friends can then play through. You’ll be able to let your imagination loose and maybe learn a thing or two about coding whilst you’re at it. 



micro:bit for Mums and Dads

03 June 2016, 2pm

You've probably heard about the BBC Micro:bit ... but what's it all about?  Museum director, Jason Fitzpatrick, will lead a lively talk and demonstration of the micro:bit, covering where it came from, what it is, how it works, who it's for, why we need it, how to use it and anything else you'd like to ask!


If you have any queries, get in touch:, by phone on 01223 214446




The Centre for Computing History was established to create a permanent public exhibition that tells the story of the Information Age.

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