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Enjoy an Hour of Code at TNMOC during Code Week, 8-14 December 2014
Visitors to The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park will be able to join the largest learning event in history during Code Week, 8-14 December 2014, and gain hands-on coding experience at the home of Colossus.
During Code Week, every school visiting TNMOC will take part in a coding session in the Museum classroom. When the Museum is fully open to the public, youngsters can join in Codability sessions and adults can work through sample programs or do some coding themselves in the Museum’s Software Gallery.
Everyone is invited to have their Hour of Code in Code Week. Just turn up at TNMOC on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 noon. Even if a visit to the museum isn't possible, the Hour of Code tutorials are available online at http://uk.code.org.
The Hour of Code in Code Week is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries.
As a Museum of computing and not just computers, TNMOC is keen to get people interacting with historic and modern machines wherever possible. From the working large systems of the 1940’s Colossus and the 1950’s Harwell Dekatron, the world’s oldest original computer, through the 1970’s mainframes and the 1980’s desktop revolution to the devices of today visitors can acquaint themselves with the amazing history of computers … and get coding.
Because of its astonishing range of working historic computers, TNMOC has become a highly popular venue for educational group visits. More than 4000 students come in groups each year and have the opportunity to experience (or try) coding.
Every weekend, youngsters can take part in Weekend Codability sponsored by Ocado Technology’s Code for Life initiative ( www.codeforlife.education ) and receive introductory – often their first – guidance in computer programming from a team of specially recruited student guides. These young coders can learn how to give instructions to computers, change existing instructions in programs and create their own programs. Information leaflets enable them to continue developing their skills afterwards at home, school or in a coding club.
TNMOC visitors can experience BASIC programming on a BBC Micro from the 1980s or with the modern day Raspberry Pi-powered FUZE workstation, which also allows experimentation with simple electronics and a robotic arm.
TNMOC is open for Education, Corporate & group visits throughout the year, but prior booking is necessary - more details are available at www.tnmoc.org.
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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 The National Museum of Computing