Enjoy Easter Holiday activities at the Centre for Computing History


29-03-2016

The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge will be open seven days a week for the duration of the Easter Holidays, until Sunday April 10th.

 

It has a great range of educational workshops, talks and tours on offer, as described below. Go along and enjoy the usual mix of nostalgia, education and fun!

Lights! Camera! Play! Videogames, Cinema and
Everything In-between

26 March 2016 - 15 May 2016

Our brand new exhibition focuses on the relationship between gaming and cinema from the 1980s to the present day.  Admission is included in your standard entry to the Centre.

Amazing Algorithms

30 March 2016, 2pm

In this hands-on workshop, we will understand what an algorithm is and how important it is to write a correct algorithm in order to make a computer do a particular task. We will start by exploring algorithms that occur in our daily lives and then use this knowledge to teach a 30-year old BBC Micro computer to count!

Zeroes and Ones

31 March 2016, 11am

What does 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 mean? In ‘computer-speak’ or binary (as we humans like to call it!), it means ‘Hello’.  

In this workshop, we will show you how binary numbers work.

   

micro:bit for Mums and Dads

31 March 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!

   

Night at the Museum

31 March 2016, 6pm-10pm

Come and spend an evening at the museum!  

We're opening from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday 31st March, and we'll be running special events and talks for you to attend at no extra charge.

   

Electronics Lab: Build Your Own Electronic Dice

1 April 2016, 11am

On 31 March 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 Electronic Dice kit ready to take home with you.

   

Game On!  The Guided Tour

1 April 2016, 2pm

Video games have progressed from simple black and white pixelated play to immersive, filmic epics that rival any blockbuster movie. But how did this happen?

 

During this special museum tour our in-house gaming experts will guide you through the history of video games from the seventies to modern day.

   

WarGames Film Screening

2 April 2016, 6-10pm

Join us for a night at the movies!

As part of our brand new exhibition, Lights! Camera! Play!  Games, Cinema and Everything In-between, we'll be screening the cult classic WarGames, often cited as one of the best cinema takes on the world of gaming.

   

Computing History Tour

6 April 2016, 11am

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.

Pi Power with Python

6 April 2016, 2pm

Have you got a Raspberry Pi and want to to do more than just programming? Have you ever longed to create your very own robot? Well, this fun workshop is a great place to start!

 

We'll be showing you how to connect motors to your Pi and create the very basics of a moving robot. Using Python we'll teach you the code needed to operate the motors.

Scratch and Pi

7 April 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!

Build Your Own Adventure Game

8 April 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. 

If you have any queries, get in touch with us at admin@computinghistory.org.uk, by phone on 01223 214446

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