Retro computing fun from RCM at Snibston!

Snibston Event Photo (Pic: Retro Computer Museum)
Snibston Event Photo (Pic: Retro Computer Museum)

Our friends at the wonderful Retro Computer Museum in Leicester are coming out of their shell next month for another fun for all the family foray to the Snibston Discovery Museum in Ashby Road, Coalville.

And the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 20-21 June 2015 will see a fantastic hands-on opportunity to discover and play on a range of historic home computers and consoles from the last 35 years, including machines from:

Acorn, Sony, Amstrad, Atari, Commodore, Ninetndo, Sega, Sinclair, Dragon, Apple – and of course some other, rarer kit!

Also, as part of the great value ticket price (see below) you can also explore the Snibston Discovery Museum – the region’s largest science and technology museum.

The event opens 11am-5pm on Saturday 20 June and 10am-4pm on Sunday 21 June.

Advance tickets can be purchased from the venue up until the day before, or via the ‘Donate’ button on the Retro Computer Museum’s Home Page – please state what days and the ticket type you are purchasing in the comments box – until Thursday 18 June 2015.

Ticket prices are:

  • Adult Single Day £10.50 (£12 on the door)
  • Adult Two Days £15.50 (£17 on the door)
  • Child Single Day £6.50 (£8 on the door)
  • Child Two Days £9.50 (£11 on the door)

Contact details for the Retro Computer Museum:

07519 816283   info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

Website: www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RetroComputerMuseum

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/797749890331815/

Contact details for Snibston:

01530 278 444    snibston@leics.gov.uk    www.snibston.com

 

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Go adventuring in Cambridge – and create your own world!

Go with the flow - and build your own adventure (Pic: Centre for Computing History)
Go with the flow – and build your own adventure (Pic: Centre for Computing History)

Text adventuring is one of the oldest and greatest of retro-computing game genres – and now modern computer fans can also discover how such ‘interactive fiction’ games play out – after building their own!

The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England is offering visitors the chance to build an adventure game using a special system known as ‘Twine’, during a workshop next Wednesday 27 May.

Twine is a brilliant online tool for constructing interactive stories, and the museum in Rene Court, Coldhams Road,  is inviting adventurers of all ages to come along and learn to use it to build a tale of dragons, spaceships or spies (or maybe all three in one story!) that you or your friends can then play through. You’ll be able to let your imagination loose and maybe learn a thing or two about coding whilst you’re at it.

Entrance to the Centre (Pic: Centre for Computing History)
Entrance to the Centre (Pic: Centre for Computing History)

This workshop, which starts at 2pm, is aimed at children aged seven and up.  Adults are welcome too! Please note that all under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you’d like to see an example of Twine in action, try playing The Amazing Tale of the Storytelling Workshop, a Twine game that the Centre have put together themselves.  You’ll discover lots more about the workshop that way and have a fun adventure at the same time!  It will open in a new window and will play in all common web browsers.

Standard museum entry fees apply:  £7 for adults, £5 for children, and £20 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). There is no additional charge for this event.

Although the booking is for a specific time slot, entry to the museum is permitted all day.  The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be available from our Pac Lunch Shop.  And, plenty of seating for parents 🙂

Places are limited. Tickets must be booked in advance.  Follow this link to book:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/37672/Build-your-own-text-adventure-27-May-2015/

Payment is taken by PayPal immediately. Please print a copy of the receipt that is displayed at the end of the payment process and bring it with you as your e-ticket.

For more about the Centre, check out their website:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/

Computing fun with bugs – in Cambridge!

A different kind of computer bug! (Pic: Centre for Computing History)
A different kind of computer bug! (Pic: Centre for Computing History)

Youngsters visiting the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge next week will have the chance to experiment with a less common ‘bug in the system’,  when the popular establishment in Rene Court, Coldhams Road is offering the chance to build a Crawling Microbug that will definitely impress everyone you know!!

On Wednesday 27 May, from 11am, they’ll be turning their Hauser Studio into an Electronics Lab., complete with soldering stations set-up and their in-house electronics expert ready to help children assemble, solder and test their very own crawling microbug ready to take home with you. What a great souvenir!

Ideal for budding electronics engineers or anyone interested in learning to solder, this is a great project where you get to build a robot bug which loves light and scuttles towards areas where it can find some!

This is a lively and unique workshop aimed at children aged from seven upwards. All under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Spaces are limited for this hands-on session, so booking is required to ensure your place.  You can do this online by following this link:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/37660/Electronics-Lab-Build-A-Bug-27-May-2015/#

Payment is taken by PayPal immediately. Please print a copy of the receipt that is displayed at the end of the payment process and bring it with you as your e-ticket.

Please note: Whilst the Centre will make every effort to help ensure your Microbug works, careful assembly and soldering is required and they cannot be held responsible for any non-working Microbugs due to poor assembly.

This workshop session is priced at £22.00 per participant and includes the cost of the kit and entry to the museum!

Check out the Centre’s website here:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/