At TNMOC, school groups and children visiting with families have the opportunity to see the beginnings and development of computing. A very popular feature is the “classroom” where there are 15 restored and working  BBC micros from the 1980s. Undistracted by the internet and Facebook, the youngsters  are encouraged to start writing their own computer programs. As Chris Monk, TNMOC’s Learning Co-ordinator tells them “there are too many people eating, but no-one’s cooking - everyone is using applications but far too few are writing the programs.”


However, much as the youngsters may enjoy programming on the BBCs, there is a need to bridge the gap between what they start to learn at TNMOC and how they can continue to learn at home and school. In TNMOC there are 15 BBCs and the eventual aim is to provide 15 counter-point laptops to be used to show how the skills that the youngsters learn on the BBC can be transferred to the equipment they may have access to every day. On the laptops they will be directed to online resources such as MIT Scratch and Python.


Throughout term-time, school groups come to TNMOC almost every weekday and demand is increasing all the time as word spreads amongst schools. Families with youngsters come to TNMOC when it is open and, whenever appropriate, youngsters are encouraged to programme.


Here’s a nice BBC video of the sorts of things that schools get up to:

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Raising money for

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing

Charity Registration No. 1109874

The charity operates The National Museum of Computing based at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes. The museum, which is open to visitors and researchers, catalogs the development of computing primarily in the UK. It operates regular school visits.

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Donation by Anonymous on 17/11/12


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HI Asti hope it all goes well and take care I am visiting the museum next week with my daughter's and it is certainly worth fighting for.

Donation by Andrew van der Laan on 05/11/12

Hope you enjoy it.

Donation by Frances Buontempo on 04/11/12


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Go for it...but please make sure you come back. Or else.

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Donation by Jon Silvers on 19/10/12


You can do it, I wish you the best Astrid.

Donation by Aurelia Dalmeida on 19/10/12

Good luck Asti! Looking forward to reading the news of your adventures.

Donation by Klitos Kyriacou on 17/10/12


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Good Luck

Donation by PrathapReddy Mukkara on 16/10/12


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Good Luck Asti!

Donation by Kevin Yeandel on 15/10/12


Fantastic. Looking forward to hearing all the stories when you get back.

Donation by Pam Wilson on 28/09/12


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Donation by Anonymous on 28/09/12


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Asti, being awesome as always =D

Donation by Kirsty Smith on 28/09/12


Go Asti !

Donation by Mark Toynbee on 28/09/12


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Donating to my own fundraiser - how sad.

Donation by Astrid Byro on 25/09/12


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Donation by Russel Winder on 23/09/12


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Donation by Tom Hawtin on 13/09/12


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ACCU Everest with the Sherpas wearing ACCU and TNMOC t-shirts?

Donation by Mark Ridgwell on 06/09/12

Are you planning on setting up a new branch - ACCU Everest?

Donation by Chris Oldwood on 06/09/12

You must be crazy, but I like that. Time to give up the cigarettes.

Donation by Mark Billingham on 08/08/12


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All the best with it

Donation by Mitch on 07/08/12


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You're a loony. But a wonderful loony. Just don't put down that deposit on the timeshare at EBC, right?

Donation by Alan Bellingham on 22/07/12


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Best of luck, an inspiration.

Donation by Matt C on 20/07/12


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Good luck! :o)

Donation by Julie Fox on 19/07/12


Go on Asti!! a very selfless act, if only more of us had this level of energy, sadly you do the hard work and we all think we should do more :-(

Donation by Jim McQueen on 19/07/12


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