Summer Bytes

Digital fun and games for all the family

Get Creative, Get Digital!

30 July to 28 August, every afternoon, 12 noon to 5pm

Last week of Day by Day Schedule

Workshops must be booked in advance and may have an additional charge, all other activities are included in the price of normal Museum Entrance Fees.

Educational fun for all the family with Bytes sized tasters of coding, robotics, game design, virtual reality, programming, and much much more! New activities being added regularly so keep coming back to check. So far we have the following confirmed:

Secrets of the Time Lord - 6th August

Competitions & Give Aways

  • Create your own OiDroid and make it into the next series of droids! The lucky winner will also have their droid added to a 30-second OiDroid animation to be shared across the globe!
  • Enter a free raffle on arrival at the museum to win great prizes.
  • Pick up your free unique designed OiDroids, celebrating our famous Colossus and WITCH computers.

STEM Activities - fun and learning

  • Book onto Tablet Academy workshop. Lots of workshop choice: Lego, animation and Minecraft workshops.
  • Arduino Workshops: Enter the world of Arduinos - we'll show you how to start. Book onto our two courses below.
  • Learn to code on a BBC Micro using old school programming books that will take your parents down memory lane.
  • Build an adventure with R2 D2, BB8 or Anna & Elsa as you learn how to code with Blocks or Python.
  • See OhBot, the moving, talking robot head and have a go at programming one
  • Learn the fundamentals of computing coding with Bits & Bytes
  • FUZE workshop providing introductions to coding
  • Sign up and take part in a week long coding challenge
  • Our Museum is under threat from invaders, and Edbot is our last hope. Who is Edbot? A humanoid robot programmed using Scratch. Visitors take turns writing Scratch code to help Edbot defeat the invaders and save the Museum!
  • Meet Dot & Dash from Wonder Workshop and learn to programme with him
  • Discover digital art and how you can create works of art with you smart phone or tablet
  • Learn about 3d printer with Ultimaker as they produce a range of items for you to take home
  • CodeBug, the cute programmable wearable to teach and learn code and electronics
  • pi-top workshops – learn how to code, make hardware, and 3D print with their immersive Raspberry Pi game

Tablet Academy Workshops

FUZE Coding Workshop

Arduino Workshops 19th August

Arduino Workshops 20th August

Sign up to Week of Code

Insight Talks

  • Kontakte: Music & Computers. Enjoy an insight on the 8th August from award winning film composers Patrick Jonsson and Rupert Cross on how they use computers to produce music for the films they work on and how computers are changing the way we listen to music. Both have worked on various Hollywood films such as Thor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Brave to name a few.
  • Enjoy an insightful Royal Air Force talk on the 9 August: what they do and how they do it. Hear Team members with real experience and see dramatic video footage of the modern RAF’s contribution to airpower, the defence of the UK and giving the nation choice in times of global crisis.
  • A Milton Keynes’ famous driverless pod will make its way to the Museum on 18 August, ahead of this year’s eagerly awaited trial on the town’s pavements. Experts from the Transport Systems Catapult will be on hand to explain how the vehicles work and perhaps hazard a guess as to when we’ll be able to buy one for ourselves..
  • Hear The Royal Navy talk about what they do and the career opportunities on the 23 August.

Kontakte: Music & Computers Talk

Royal Air Force Talk

Video Games, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

  • Let your parents go down memory lane and play the retro games they had when they were kids
  • Explore the future of virtual reality with Oculus Rift and ROVR's Wizdish, adding a whole new element to virtual reality
  • Find out how augmented reality is playing a part in our lives and enhancing our experiences

and lots more

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