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Summer Bytes is all booted up

Date Posted:30/07/2014

Summer Bytes 2014The six-week long Summer Bytes Festival has booted up at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) starting on Saturday 26 July 2014. The festival of digital fun and games and extraordinary applications is for all the family and is open 11am - 5pm daily from 26 July until 2 September. In the world’s first purpose-built computer centre, visitors can see some of the fantastic machines that paved the way to our digital world, catch up with the latest developments and get creative with machines new and old.

Chris Monk, mastermind of Summer Bytes, said: “The Summer Bytes Festival is all about being creative with technology in the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. It is a truly unique setting to explore new and old technologies in the context of seven extraordinary decades of computing developments. There is something for everyone and we guarantee your fingers will be itching to get hands-on with a huge variety of digital devices.

Summer Bytes will start with ten glorious brick-strewn days when youngsters of all ages can indulge in the joys of LEGO. They will be able to:
•         build robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3
•         see a LEGO robot solve the Rubik's Cube
•         enter the Summer Bytes LEGO competition.
These activities will also be available in the final week.

Special events on specific days throughout Summer Bytes at the home of Colossus include:
•         daytime astronomy
•         creating your own special effects
•         see some of the vintage special effects from Dr Who and Blake’s 7
•         meet and talk to the professional computer games-makers
•         make your own computer game
•         try out the famous Oculus Rift virtual reality headset!

Drop-in activities on specific days during Summer Bytes:
•         get creative with Raspberry Pi and Fuze
•         take your first steps with Coding with helpful guides
•         explore the Bletchley Park virtual maze to find the geese eggs, decode their clues and win a prize
•         explore codes and ciphers and see a real Enigma machine
•         test your knowledge with the Date Your Heritage Quiz
•         browse the history of computing in 30 books, examples of our great book collection.

Chris Monk continued: “We are delighted to have such supportive sponsors who see the importance of exploring the links between yesterday and today’s technologies. We are especially grateful to Bloomberg, whose support has been enabling us to expand the programme. We recommend that visitors keep an eye on the website for even more Summer Bytes specials. There will be lots of reasons to visit Summer Bytes several times!”

The up-to-date, day-by-day Summer Bytes timetable can be seen at: