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STEM Winter Bytes


Winter bytes is here once again, and we have 4unique activities for kids to get involved with! Ranging from music making to Minecraft challenges, we have lots to keep kids interested between Christmas and New years.

BBC Micro:Bit – 10:30am – 12:30pm Thursday 27th December

The BBC micro: bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro: bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.

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.

Lego Mindstorms – 10:30am – 12:30pm Friday 28th December

Participants will work with Lego Mindstorms to build and program a robot in just 2 hours. Mindstorms uses a block-based language similar to Scratch, which most of the children may have used in school. The workshop uses step by step instructions, like all Lego kits, and is great for both big kids and little kids!

Minecraft Challenge – 10:30am – 12:30pm Saturday 29th December

Minecraft is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.

This challenge gives our master builders just 2 hours to complete a model of an item from our museum in as much detail as possible to try and win a bag of prizes.

Fortnite Gaming session – 10:30am – 12:30pm Sunday 30th December

Fortnite is an online video game first released in 2017 and developed by Epic Games that has shot to huge popularity ever since. We have 8 computers set up to play for two hours that you can book ahead of time.

Only question left is; Where are we dropping?

These events are part of the "Winter Bytes" programme at The National Museum of Computing and requires the purchase of tickets for all parties attending. If attending with your child, you must purchase a ticket for yourself.

Please note that this is not a drop off event, Parental supervision is required.

1 ticket gets you access to 1 event. Subsequent events must have tickets purchased before attending.

With purchase of your tickets you get access to the whole museum after your workshop has finished. Please direct any questions to

Earlier Event: November 21
STEM Girls Day
Later Event: January 24
Winter Warmer - Up close with ENIGMA