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History of Computing School Visits
 
The Centre for Computing History offers an exciting range of services for schools appropriate for students aged 8 to 18 years.

School Visits

We welcome school visits to the museum which is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm (Sundays 11am - 4.00pm).

Admission charges are £5.00 per student, with one free staff place for every ten students. School groups of 15 students or more are provided with a guided tour, which lasts for approximately one hour. Entertaining as well as informative, this presents an overview of computing history and acts as an introduction to the collection.

Learn to Program Workshops
Our one hour workshops for schools are conducted in the Hauser Studio which is kitted out to resemble a 1980s classroom. Here we have a number of specially modified BBC Micro computers ready for students to explore the basics of computer programming. Using the tried and tested BBC BASIC language, students will be taught to write and understand simple computer programs. Crucially, they will learn how to break down a problem into logical steps.
Cost: £115.00

Vintage Computer - School Visits
From Pong to Pokémon
An exciting presentation on the history of gaming from the early seventies to the late nineties. Students explore the social, historical and cultural impact of iconic games from Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Elite through to Sonic, Mario and Pokémon.
Cost: £115.00

We offer students the opportunity to explore the UK as it was in the mid-eighties using the iconic computer of the eighties! The BBC Domesday System presents thousands of pictures and descriptions of everyday life in the UK. It has interactive video, newsreel footage and information about practically every town and village in the UK. Our original Domesday System, along with our exclusive PC based version are available at the museum allowing children to use the original system and make comparisons with our modern equivalent.

Cost: Free

Computer Programming School Visit

Schools Roadshow

Our outreach service is currrently on hold while we establish the museum in Cambridge and develop our onsite programme for schools.

However, we are still taking our Roadshow out to areas if we can get bookings from five schools so that our team would visit a different school each day. Please contact us for further details.
 
We can supply a technology expert and a range of interactive equipment for a one day presentation / workshop at your school. A school visit provides multiple learning opportunities and can be tailored to suit your requirements, potentially covering up to four year groups. 
You choose the subject which best fits your curriculum needs; we are flexible in our delivery and can tailor it to suit any special requirements. We will arrive at your school in the morning and will be available to fit in with your classes throughout the entire school day.

Learn to Program Workshops
In these highly popular workshops we use specially modified BBC Micro computers to introduce students to the pleasure of programming. Using the tried and tested BBC BASIC language, students are taught to write and understand simple computer programs. Crucially, they will learn how to break down a problem into logical steps.

The Dawn of Home Computers
This course includes an informative 30 minutes presentation and a challenging interactive session where students gain hands-on experience of a range of home computers from the late 70's and 80's, including the Sinclair Spectrum and BBC Micro. We explore how computers have infiltrated our everyday lives and how they have become more and more portable. Finally, we  encourage students to speculate on what the future may hold ...

Prices
The cost of our school visits depends on your location (distance from us) and any specific requirements you may have. We are keen to integrate our visit with your curriculum as much as possible. Please email education@computinghistory.org.uk or call us on 01223 214446 for further information.

Practical Points
We will need about 1 hour 30 minutes to set-up the computers and about 1 hour to pack them away again at the end of the day. We will require one room for the duration of the day (it is not easy to move the computers around). We will also need at least 5 mains plug sockets and 10 clear desks. All of our equipment and cables are PAT tested.

Learning Boxes
Why not add a new dimension to your lesson plans with our Computing History Learning Boxes? These popular resources are packed with items that help children understand the changes in computing technology over the past 40 years.
 
Our learning boxes are delivered by courier in a convenient case that can be easily packed away and returned at the end of the term.

If your school is too far away to make our visit cost effective our learning boxes are a great alternative. They will introduce some 'real' vintage computing items into the lesson. Each box includes a BBC Micro computer - specially modified to work with a modern LCD television - software, original magazines and more ...

Learning box prices start at £160.00 depending on your location within the UK.

Please email education@computinghistory.org.uk or call us on 01223 214446 to find out more about our learning boxes.


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