FUZEliers support young coders at TNMOC
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A team of ‘FUZEliers’ sponsored by FUZE Technologies is ready every weekend to welcome young and budding computer programmers at The National Museum of Computing to show them how to code using the FUZE platform to explore the huge potential of computing.
The FUZEliers will be introducing young coders to the FUZE, a purpose-built, computer to make teaching and learning programming easy and fun. It is an electronics workstation powered by a Raspberry Pi and programmed using the ever-popular BASIC language. Youngsters will be encouraged to develop their logical thinking in a fun way by programming robots and other devices linked to the FUZE to give them a real sense of the power of computing.
Any young visitor can drop in and be guided by a team of student FUZEliers. No previous experience is necessary. By the end of a short session, they will have learnt some key commands, written their first real programs and could be controlling a robot arm. . Tim Reynolds, Chair of The National Museum of Computing, said: “In its straightforward approach and use of BASIC, FUZE is a modern take on the BBC Micro, the machine which introduced so many of today’s British computer scientists to computing. FUZE brings together programming and electronics in a fun way that shows just how far computing has come and hints at the future that lies before us. As an educational tool in the context of a museum of computing that looks to the future, it’s a great fit.”
Jon Silvera, Managing Director of FUZE, said: “We are delighted that FUZE units will be available for young TNMOC visitors. Working with the museum to give more young people the opportunity to discover how much fun learning these important skills can be is very important to us.”
In the 1980s, the language of BASIC opened doors for thousands of would-be programmers in bedrooms and living rooms across Britain. That legacy lives on and, with today’s FUZE platform, young coders at TNMOC can stretch their imaginations and develop their coding skills in a friendly, supportive and safe environment.
FUZE is already very popular with school groups that visit TNMOC. Tim Reynolds continued: “Because of its robustness and simplicity, FUZE is very suited for use in public environments such as this Museum and schools. We like to start kids coding here and encourage them to continue what they have learned at home. In the past, parents have even asked where they can buy a BBC Micro – now we can point them to FUZE, which is available in the TNMOC shop. It needs no internet connection and can therefore provide a safe environment of which parents can be confident.”
“The FUZE also makes a very interesting artefact for the Museum. It’s a direct descendant of the 1980’s BBC Micro and provides a very valuable tool in explaining to youngsters the development and potential future for computing.”
FUZE, developed by UK-based FUZE Technologies Ltd, has been created by computer enthusiasts and has been designed to help schools meet elements of the National Curriculum.
See www.fuze.co.uk for more about FUZE.
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About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Previous funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon, spring and summer Bank Holidays and increasingly during school holidays. Colossus and Tunny galleries are open almost every day. Guided tours are available at 2pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming for TNMOC