Programme for schools, colleges and universities

September 2019 onwards

The cost for a full day visit is £12.00 per student, (minimum booking fee of £170.00).

Afternoon and Computer History Detectives visits are £8.00 per student (minimum booking fee £135.00).

There is limited availability for sessions during the summer term 2019, please contact education@tnmoc.org to arrange your visit.

Schools Programme

Computer Science Full day visit (4 hours)

Time slots: 10:00 - 14:00, 10:30 - 14:30, 11:00 - 15:00

Included in your full day visit are a 30 minute introductory talk and handling session, your choice of one of the three themed guided tours (1 hour 30 mins) and two of the six hands on activity workshops (lasting 45 minutes each). A break for lunch is also included. Guided tour and workshop options are as follows


Guided Tours (1 hour 30 minutes each)

Tour A - Code Breaking Machines

See first-hand iconic code breaking machines in operation. Discover the code breaking that took place in Block H and learn how some of the finest minds defeated ‘unbreakable’ ciphers by creating and using Tunny, Colossus and the Bombe.

Tour B - Digital Revolution

From 1950s 1st Generation computer machines to present innovation, this tour looks at the development of electronic computers after the war. The machines demonstrate key concepts in computing such as the Von Neumann architecture and the Fetch – Decode – Execute cycle as well as looking at real world examples of computing and how it has changed the world in which we live.

Tour C - Valve to Chip

A comprehensive history of electronic computing starting with electro-mechanical code breaking machines that sowed the seeds for computing all the way through to mobile technology.

Hands on Workshops (45 minutes each)

Workshop 1 - Program in BBC Basic - Snake Game

Using our vintage BBC micro machines students use BBC Basic to program a game of snake

Workshop 2 - Virtual Block H

Using the Cospaces platform students recreate a war time Block H - the world’s first purpose built computer centre - and explore what the site looked like during World War 2

Workshop 3 - Turing Test

A brief introduction into Alan Turing’s work on artificial intelligence and how it is used for modern chat-bots

Workshop 4 - The Power of Primes

An investigation into the maths of cryptography

Workshop 5 - Program in BBC Basic -  Rocket Trajectory

Using our vintage BBC micro machines students use BBC Basic to create a program to map rocket trajectory

Workshop 6 - Back to Basics

Exploring how computers talk and think. We look at computer languages and Assembly (machine) code


Maths Investigation Day – Beat the Hackers (4 hours)

Time slots: 10:00 - 14:00, 10:30 - 14:30, 11:00 - 15:00

Students will undertake five 45 minute long investigations exploring:

  • Passwords and internet security

  • Working with large numbers

  • Beating the odds: decipher Enigma

  • Colossus and computing

  • How to create a strong cipher


Afternoon visit (2 hours)

We offer shorter visits for educational groups wishing to combine a visit to us with other sites nearby. These visits are available after 3pm only and include one tour (lasting 1 hour 20 minutes) and one Workshop (lasting 40 minutes)

Guided Tours (1 hour 20 minutes)

Tour A - Code Breaking Machines

Find out more about Tunny, Colossus and the Bombe, key machines used for code breaking in World War 2

Tour B - Digital revolution

From 1950s 1st Generation computer machines to present innovation. This tour looks at the development of electronic computers after the war

Tour D -  Early Electronic Computing

Code breaking machines and 1st generation computers


Workshops (40 minutes)

Workshop 1 - Program in BBC Basic - Snake Game

Using our vintage BBC micro machines students use BBC Basic to program a game of snake

Workshop 2 - Virtual Block H

Using the Cospaces platform students recreate a war time Block H - the world’s first purpose built computer centre

Workshop 3 - Turing Test

A brief introduction into Alan Turing’s work on artificial intelligence and how it is used for modern chat-bots

Workshop 4 - The Power of Primes

An investigation into the maths of cryptography


Mission; STEM

For educational groups who wish to have a less structured visit to the museum we offer a Computer History Detectives visit. The cost of your visit will include a copy of an activity book and a guide to support your two hour visit.


Other education groups

Home education groups

We regularly offer special activity days tailored specifically for home education. To arrange your visit just find a Home Education event on a date that suits you in our events calendar. If you have any queries about Home Education events see our Home Educators page or contact education@tnmoc.org.

Universities

We have a number of experts within the team that can talk to undergraduates and post graduate students in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. Universities can choose from the options above and our education team will deliver a talk suitable to your level.  You can also choose to have a guided tour or to visit self guided. Please contact the Learning Manager at education@tnmoc.org to discuss your requirements.

Academics and researchers

We welcome students or researchers wishing to access our archives or library. Email Operations, stating clearly your line of research and preference for access times. Access to the Museum’s library and archive is by prior arrangement only and restricted to students aged 18 or over.

Booking Information


For information on how to book you visit, please see our Teacher Planning page.