We welcome school visits to the museum which is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
Admission charges are £5.00 per student, with one free staff place for every ten students. School groups of 20 students or more are provided with a guided tour, based either on the history of computing in general or the history of video games - the choice is yours!
Computing History- 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 01110010 01111001 (or 'binary', as we humans call it)? These questions and more will be answered by the standard guided tour of the Centre. Students will learn about the extraordinary advance in technology over 50 years of computing history and discover how computers have not only accelerated our lives, but radically transformed them.
Gaming - In this exciting presentation students will explore the development of games consoles, learn about game design, mechanics and narrative and witness the development of graphics from 8-bit to HD. Every game discussed will be playable in our gallery, from Pong to the latest virtual reality demos running on our Oculus Rift Development Kit. If you want your students to learn about the growing cultural, social and economic importance of the games they play every day, this is the tour for you.
Learn to Program Workshops
These one hour workshops for schools are conducted in the Hauser Studio which is kitted out to resemble a 1980s classroom. Modified BBC Micro computers help students gain an understanding of computer programming. Using BASIC language, students are taught to write and understand simple computer programs. Crucially, they learn how to break down a problem into logical steps. Cost: £115.00
Our team will bring to your school a variety of vintage computers / games consoles which are set up ready for your students; these include 16 BBC Micros which we use to provide 'Introduction to Programming' workshops. The workshops are pitched according to the age group of the students in each session. We are happy to fit in with your timetable requirements. The Road Show allows us to reach as wider audience as possible within each school.
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...
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 email@example.com or call us on 01223 214446 for further information.
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.
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.
Education work is vital to the running of the Centre. As such, we may take photographs and video footage during your session here, to be used in our promotional material. If this is a problem, please contact us before your visit.