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Christmas Past, Present and Future

Date Posted:07/12/2016

TMNOC ChristmasKeep the festive spirit going between Christmas and New Year with a family visit to The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park.

There is something to entertain all the family at Christmas Bytes every afternoon (12 noon to 5pm) from 27-30 December 2016. You will probably be greeted on your visit by a talking robot, OhBot!

Enjoy computer games from Christmas Past, Present and even Future with a range of favourite games. Play 1980’s Manic Miner on a Spectrum, Pong and Sonic Hedgehog, then venture into the virtual reality with an Oculus Rift and ROVR and then try Augmented Reality with Octagon Studios and Quiver.

Learn about smart cities like Milton Keynes and the technologies that make it tick from MK:Smart. See some wearable tech and youngsters can make their own techno light-up badge (29 and 30 December only).

Re-invent your smartphone with some fascinating free apps – Rob will show how you can turn your smartphone or pad into a powerful creative computer with some free apps.

Then let 5 to 12 year olds try the latest in Tactile Learning with Osmo’s award-winning game using an iPad.

And for analogue lovers, there’s even an Origami workshop with a sci-fi twist.

Matthew Yeomans, Events Manager who is master-minding Bytes said: “There is something to entertain all ages  in the home of Colossus between Christmas and New Year – it’s a great way to learn about technologies past, present and future. Even if you think you are a technophobe, we think you’ll be surprised at how much you can do with ease – having fun at the same time.

“And if you think you know about our computer heritage, try our quiz and see if you can win a rare framed showroom computer portrait by the acclaimed photo editor, Docubyte.”

Victoria Alexander, Operations Director at the Museum, has a special tip for visitors: “If you download the Gamar app on your smartphone or tablet before you come, you’ll be in for a very special treat,” she says. “You will be able to try for free the latest in museum tour experiences.”

For the full running order, see www.tnmoc.org/bytes