Located in the United Kingdom, The National Museum of Computing houses the world’s largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer; and the WITCH, the world’s oldest working digital computer. Museum visitors can follow the development of computing—from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, as well as the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond. In a 3D virtual tour, students can move around the galleries looking at the machines and their descriptions, with the added bonus of hyperlinks to video and text explanations providing further detail and history of the exhibits. During the pandemic lockdown, the museum posted word challenges for students to explore and enjoy. Can they spot all the computing words in the word search, unscramble computing anagrams, or decrypt the codes?
TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of CompTIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. To achieve its mission, TechGirlz has created engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.