Category Archives: Computers

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Understanding Code

Category : Coding , Computers

TechCamps4Kids embarked on a mission this term to show kids the wonders of coding and at the same time teach kids to understand code.

The first 3 weeks had kids play with BASIC, Python and Scratch.

I love Python.  I can create some many cool things with it. (R – Year 2)

The best part is witnessing kids transform in confidence and take on coding challenges with skills learnt during each class.

Kids are introduced to different coding languages throughout the term.  Apart from creating amazing things with code, kids are 100% empowered through an Epic coding adventure!

Coming to this camp is the best part of my week! (J – Year 5)

If you missed out on this term’s coding adventure then make sure you are on our mailing list to be kept in the ‘loop’ of our next camps.  Newsletter Subscription form is to the right of this article!

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The antikythera mechanism

A 2000 Year Old Computer

Two thousands years ago, the Greeks had an analogue computer called the Antikythera Mechanism.  It was used to predict the eclipses, work positions of the 5 planets you can see by the naked eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and used to calculate the 4 year cycle of the Olympic Games.

For decades, the Antikythera Mechanism lay silently in the ocean off Greece. Divers retrieved it in 1901 from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.

The Anitikythera is the same size of a clock that would stand on a mantle piece.  It has a number of gears that worked together to show celestial time.

Parts of the Anitikythera can be seen in the National Archaeological Museum, in Athen which also has some reconstructions to give an impression of how the ‘computer’ worked 2000 years ago.

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