Summer Bytes Festival
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Every afternoon 1-30 August 2015
Throughout August, the Summer Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park is set to enthral families and get them being creative digitally.
Summer Bytes, supported by Bloomberg, is in famous Block H, the home of Colossus and The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park. It will be open every afternoon from 12 noon to 5pm for everyone to come and see the wonders of computing past, present and future -- with lots of hands-on opportunities. There will be retro computer games, competitions, lots of pop-up events and the brand new Air Traffic Control simulation to keep everyone enthralled and entertained.
Amongst the pop-up events (see www.tnmoc.org/bytes for dates and times) will be:
Who is Listening? – use vintage 1970’s equipment to find hidden surveillance bugs in the library of The National Museum of Computing.
Women in Computing– special tours highlighting great achievements of women in technology.
Meet the MicroBit – BBC’s MicroBit will be there to play with – and you can compare it to that wonder machine of the 1980s – the Beeb, BBC Micro.
Coding the BBC micro – with opportunities to code using today’s web-based resources.
Code breaking – learn how to encrypt and decrypt your own codes and ciphers in a drop in workshop.
Enigma and friends – get hands-on with famous wartime machines like the Enigma and more.
Play the brand new Elite: Dangerous – you can even compare it to the original famous 1980’s BBC Micro Elite game.
Build your own App – a drop in workshop to build your own app with App Inventor.
Daytime Astronomy – stargaze in broad daylight. It gets more popular each year.
Techno Sound – get digital and creative with computer sounds and music
See the core of Apple – a sample of the TNMOC collection with Apple technology from the 1980s to today.
And lots more including the ever-popular LEGO room with robots and more.
Many families buy a Big Bytes ticket so that they can return throughout the summer to take part and explore the many wonders of the Museum.
Keep an eye on the website to hear the latest and see the timetable of events: www.tnmoc.org/bytes
Notes To Editors
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.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people, especially females, to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
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. Funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Ensoft, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public from 12 noon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information about TNMOC and trustees, 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, Palam Communications