Great line-up at Centre for Computing History this half-term


Cambridge Centre for Computing History has a great line-up of events to keep you and your family occupied this half-term. Level-up your Scratch skills in an advanced workshop, get your hands on a BBC micro:bit, or attend one of the centre’s famous Family Gaming Nights - there's plenty of choice.

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Remember to book your place beforehand to ensure participation! 

As with all school holiday periods, the centre will be open today Tuesday (25th), 10am-5pm, as well as the usual opening days of Wednesday-Sunday.

Build Your Own Adventure Game

25 October 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. 

Computing History Tour

26 October 2016, 2pm - Drop-in Event

How can a computer be programmed by a strip of paper?  Why does a huge block of old-fashioned memory have less capacity than a tiny chip in a mobile phone?  What on earth is 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 011101010 01111001 (or 'binary' as we humans call it)? 

These questions and more will be answered by a guided tour of the Centre.



27 October 2016, 11am - Half-Day Workshop

Level up your Scratch skills in this half-day workshop!

In the morning session, we'll teach you the basics of physical computing using Scratch - a visual programming language that's becoming increasingly popular in schools - and the Raspberry Pi.  After lunch, attendees can take their new knowledge in any direction they like.  We'll provide LEDs, motors, sensors and more and you can program them however you wish.

Taking programming skills from a concept on a screen to something tangible like a motor is a major step forward for a coding beginner, making this workshop ideal for children looking to take their knowledge of computing to new heights.


Learn to Code with BBC micro:bit

28 October 2016, 11am

The BBC Micro:bit is here!  This tiny computer is being handed out to Year 7 students to encourage them to get into coding and computing.  Our workshop will help to inspire you with ideas and give you a little knowledge of what the micro:bit is capable of.


Design a Game Controller

28 October 2016, 2pm

Can you use Playdoh to create a game controller for Space Invaders?  How about using bananas for playing Minecraft?  Do this and more using the amazing Makey Makey devices.  If you don't believe it, come and see it for yourself.

This workshop is a great way to explore both electronics and game design.


29 October 2016, 6pm

An evening of video gaming for all the family!!

We'll be opening at 6pm for a solid 4 hours of digital entertainment in a fun and family-friendly environment. There will be games that everyone can play from retro classics like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Tetris through to modern examples on the Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.



The Cambridge Centre for Computing History is the venue for Cambridge Network's next Business Lecture - Computer gaming and gamification - tomorrow (Wednesday 26 October) at 6pm. Come along to hear how the UK video gaming business took the country’s creative industries by storm and how gamification can enhance training design to unlock new levels of learner interaction. Three speakers from Jagex provide fascinating insight into the whole subject.  

Free to all Cambridge Network members: sign up here.


If you have any queries, get in touch with us at, 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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