Hands on activities for the whole family to enjoy
STEM Bytes Festivals
STEM Bytes festivals have become the go-to Milton Keynes event for children wanting creative fun during the school holidays and every weekend throughout the year. From Minecraft to Lego and Raspberry Pi to BBC Micro:bits, there is plenty to do to unlock imaginations, inspire and entertain. Educational fun for all the family, providing Bytes sized tasters of coding, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality and much much more!
The National Museum of Computing is proud to present its new and improved STEM Bytes programme, running at the museum every Saturday and Sunday and throughout all school holidays.
Additionally we have opportunities for both children and parents to come and try something new, and the best part is - it's included in your entrance fee to the museum. Just click on the links below to book a space on one of our weekend/Holiday workshops.
STEM Summer Bytes Festival is on now : Tuesday’s - Sunday’s 26th July - 1st September
Throughout Summer Bytes we will have a large selection of technology and computing out every day for families to explore, Osmo, Cubetto, Virtual reality, Micro:bits, Electro dough kits, Augmented reality and much more
STEM October Bytes will run from Monday, 28th October to Sunday, 3rd November
All annual tickets include full entry to the whole museum for one calendar year from the date of purchase. Alternatively, you can purchase day entry tickets.
While all activities are available with your day or annual ticket, spaces can be limited for our most popular workshops, so why not book in advance to ensure you have a place.
Our bookable workshops are:
Participants in this workshop will work with Lego Mindstorms to build and program a robot to solve a variety of problems, including mazes, moving objects and even racing. Mindstorms use a block-based language similar to Scratch, which most of the children will be familiar with.
A workshop for beginner engineers & robotics fans, learn to build, program and then execute code in a 6-stage storyline mission designed to push boundaries as well as fundamentals of robotics!
Learn how to make your robot move, save a stranded astronaut, explore the planet and claim it for humankind!
In this workshop, children will learn how to code with the BBC micro: bit. Children will begin by learning to code for the device and by the end of the day, may be able to come up with their own ideas for future creations.
In workshops and on sessions, STEM ambassadors and our experienced museum volunteers will guide children in developing weird and wonderful devices and applications. Any young person with a knack for coding or engineering will be in tech heaven programming robots, customising their own devices and re-inventing retro games.
So, don’t despair of what to do in the long summer holidays, there is lots of educational creative fun to be had six days a week at The National Museum of Computing. One session could lead to more … and they are all at very low cost or free.
The whole museum will be open so everyone can see vintage working machines from the wartime code-breaking Colossus and Bombe through the monster computers of the 1960s and 1970s to the desktop revolution of the 1980s and right up to the present day.
CoderDojo- The last Sunday of each month
The National Museum of Computing CoderDojo is part of a global movement of free, open, volunteer-led coding clubs (Dojos) where young people aged 7–17 (Ninjas) can explore digital technology with the support of their fellow Ninjas and volunteer mentors. CoderDojo’s mission is to give young people around the world the opportunity to learn to code in a social and safe environment.
CoderDojo meetings are once a month on a Sunday during term time. Find out more and book at our CoderDojo page.