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Digital Future Days: Ada Lovelace Day (11-16 years)
9 October 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Digital Future Days – Ignite the Tech Leaders of Tomorrow
Are you ready to inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts and ignite their passion for digital skills? Join us for Digital Future Days at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), a thrilling series of educational events designed exclusively for school and home-educator groups, bridging the gap between employers and future employees in the dynamic world of technology. Proudly Sponsored by Pete the Engineer
About the Event:
Digital Future Days is an exciting initiative hosted by TNMOC, dedicated to empowering school-age learners with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in the digital era. Through a series of 20 engaging events held throughout the year, we provide a unique opportunity for students and educators to explore and develop desirable digital skills while connecting with industry leaders.
Inspiring Talks by Industry Leaders: Learn from seasoned professionals and industry experts who are at the forefront of technological advancements. Gain insights into the world of tech, discover exciting career paths, and find out how you can make a difference in the digital landscape.
Hands-on Workshops: Immerse yourself in interactive workshops where you can put your digital skills to the test. From coding challenges to virtual reality experiences, our hands-on activities promise to be both educational and fun!
Networking Opportunities: Meet and connect with like-minded peers, educators, and tech enthusiasts. Network with industry professionals and build connections that could pave the way for your future tech journey.
Empowering Digital Futures: Digital Future Days is not just about technical skills; it’s about nurturing critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and creativity. We believe in empowering young minds to become the changemakers of tomorrow.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 9:30 AM)
Location: The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, Block H, Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6DS
Ticket Options: Tickets are available for school and home-educator groups (limited availability; max. 20 per academic institution, register early to secure your spot).
Experience History in Action: Discover the captivating world of technology within TNMOC’s historic Bletchley Park setting. Immerse yourself in an unparalleled interactive learning experience, surrounded by our unique collection of working historic machines.
Sample Schedule for the Day*:
09:30 – 10:00; Registration and Welcome
10:00 – 10:40; RAF Brize
10:45 – 11:25; Data Representation
11:30 – 12:10; VR Experience
12:15 – 13:25; Lunch
13:30 – 14:10; Women in Computing
14:15 – 14:55; Data STEMinism
15:00 – 15:40; BBC Basic
15:45 – 16:00; Closing Remarks and Group Photo
RAF Brize: The wonderful Youth STEM team from RAF Brize Norton will be supporting this event with a hands-on learning experience. Further details to follow.
Data Representation: Embark on an interactive exploration of the museum, led by tablets, as we trace the fascinating development of data representation to higher-level programming languages. Unveil the wonders of programming languages, understanding their benefits and challenges in the ever-changing tech landscape. From the foundations of data representation to the complexities of modern programming, immerse yourself in this captivating journey where knowledge comes alive. Join us and unlock the secrets of programming languages, as we bridge the past with the boundless possibilities of the future.
VR Experience: Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (KTaNE), a Virtual Reality puzzle game that sparks your curiosity and sharpens your computational thinking. Navigate the Bomb using the VR headset, relying on your teammate’s propensity for abstraction to solve decomposed puzzle modules. This unforgettable experience nurtures teamwork, critical thinking, and computational skills essential for success in our digital world. Level up your problem-solving prowess!
Women in Computing: Discover the remarkable accomplishments of female trailblazers in computing through our tablet-led treasure trail. Explore the museum and learn about the women who shaped the tech world, leaving a lasting impact on technology and society. Join us on this empowering journey to honour their groundbreaking achievements!
Data STEMinism: Join us on an empowering journey through historic statistics for women in STEM subjects in our enlightening workshop. Dive into the socio-economic context surrounding women in these fields, uncovering the challenges they faced and the progress they made. Explore the stories of trailblazing women who defied societal norms, paving the way for future generations. Through data-driven insights, we’ll shed light on the transformative impact of diversity in STEM and ignite a passion for inclusivity and empowerment. Let’s celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and inspire change for a more equitable future!
BBC Basic: Get ready to transport back in time to the iconic 80s era with our thrilling workshop! Join us as we dive into nostalgia and program the legendary game of Snake using BBC Basic on authentic BBC Micro computers. Embrace the simplicity and charm of retro gaming as we unleash your creativity to design and code your very own version of Snake. The classic green screen and vintage hardware provide the perfect backdrop for this unforgettable coding adventure. Channel your inner programmer and embark on an exciting journey, bringing the golden age of gaming back to life in our retro 80s classroom!
*Schedule is subject to change dependent on uptake and partner engagement, updates will be shared. The order of activities will vary on the day.
Join us for an unforgettable experience as we embark on a journey of digital discovery and innovation. Reserve your group’s spot for Digital Future Days and be a part of shaping the future of technology! Please note, that the sample schedule is subject to change as new partners are engaged, and updates will be shared with registered participants.
IMPORTANT: Terms and Conditions
Spaces are limited. The capacity for this event is 120 students.
The event name details the suggested age of participants, please check to ensure your learners fall within the suggested age group.
Schools must give 2 months’ notice if they will not be attending; this will enable their places to be offered to another school on the Waiting List. Failure to do so will incur a charge of £160.00.
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