Summer Bytes Festival

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Fun, games and extraordinary computing applications for all the family

Wednesdays to Sundays, 24 July to 1 September

1 July 2013

Summer Bytes, a six-week themed festival of computing fun and games, will be held at The National Museum of Computing, Wednesdays to Sundays from 24 July to the 1 September 2013.

There will be special events and demos, workshops, and evening talks for adults and young people with themes for each week that include:

• computer games, retro and modern, plus gamesmaker workshops

• computer music: events, workshops and a talk by a computer music pioneer

• daytime astronomy event: exploring the skies in broad daylight

• 3D printing -- what's it about and how far can it go? Demo, talks and workshops

• coding workshops using Arduinos and Raspberry Pis

• coding workshops with Python and Scratch

• and some big surprises in planning!

For the full up-to-date programme, see www.tnmoc.org/summer-bytes

The festival's first sponsors, Tribune, educational ICT specialists (www.tribune.co.uk), have supplied Fujitsu laptops to enable visitors to learn to program and explore the connections between vintage computers and today's computing.

Chris Monk of TNMOC explained: "As soon as schools are out for summer, the Museum will be extending its opening times to the general public with some really exciting events. We've learned lots from the thousands of young people who have come through the museum in school groups and from our growing number of enthusiastic corporate groups and general visitors. So we have put together a package of themes that are sure to entertain and enthral people of all ages.

"As well as the Summer Bytes Festival, there is a huge amount to see at The National Museum of Computing, now recognised as one of the top computing museums in the world. From Colossus and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer, to today's handhelds, we want to let people experience the fun, excitement and pace of computing developments through workshops and events, bytes and tasters, featuring dazzling applications that show how computing is changing our world."

Sheldon Stoutt, CEO of Tribune, said: "Tribune is delighted to support the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park by providing a number of innovative Fujitsu laptops for use during their Summer Bytes Festival and beyond. Tribune believes that the Museum provides a great opportunity for pupils to learn about the origins of the computer and helps them to understand why the technology that they have at their fingertips is so valuable. Fujitsu are delighted to be a part of this as many of the computers currently in the museum are ICL, which of course eventually became Fujitsu."

Notes To Editors

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a 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.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Google UK, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, the Drapers' Foundation, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm, and on summer Bank Holidays. From 24 July until 1 September, the Museum will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 1-5pm. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm 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.

Media Contacts

Stephen Fleming
Palam Communications for TNMOC
t +44 (0) 1635 299116
e sfleming@palam.co.uk

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