PRESS RELEASE - Summer Fun at the Museum of Computing
Each Friday and Saturday in August, the Swindon Museum of Computing, in Theatre Square, will play host to a fascinating series of summer holiday activities for the young.
Following on the heels of a crash course in computer programming, aimed at 8-12 year olds, the Museum is proud to present activities based around codebreaking, Minecraft and the ever-popular LEGO. The Museum will be open from 10 am to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 am to 5 pm.
On Friday 15 th and Saturday 16 th, Museum visitors will get the chance to put the ‘craft’ in Minecraft. Over the two days, visitors will get the chance become artists and create their own Minecraft characters out of paper, bringing the well-loved computer game to life. Young people will get to take their creations home.
Friday 22 nd and Saturday 23 rd will let people explore the world of LEGO in a variety of different fun, imaginative and educational ways. Kids will be able to get hands-on and help to create a giant LEGO mosaic, using their reasoning, spatial and creative skills on a familiar toy in a very unfamiliar setting. There will be the chance to play LEGO-themed computer games, or to create a favourite game character using LEGO blocks.
On Friday 29 th and Saturday 30 th of August, the Museum will host a code-breaking and treasure-hunting session. The development of computers is strongly linked to the UK’s code-cracking heritage, with Britain’s Bletchley Park deciphering Nazi codes during World War Two. This event will challenge visitors to break six codes to find treasure inside the Museum itself, allowing young people to explore and get close to the legacy of early computing. Prizes will be awarded to successful secret agents.
Open since 2003, the Museum of Computing was the UK’s first computer museum, and is fully Arts Council accredited. Staff work with local schools to improve computer literacy amongst the young through an innovative school programme, and through a childrens computer club in the Museum.
For more information contact Simon Webb, Curator
Tel 07834 375628