Posted: 5 March, 2020

The Code Show: The Mobile Museum of Computing

General, Senior School, STEM

On Wednesday 4 March, The Code Show visited Putney to set up an exhibition for both the Senior and Junior School.  The Code Show is a mobile museum of computing, depicting the evolution of technology over the past 40 years.

It was a great opportunity for the students to understand how technology has progressed, and to see how most smartphones and computers we currently use are an improvement or modified version of the last.

"Maddy in Year 9 managed to write a programme in basic code on an Amstrad CPC 464- as if she was back in 1983 - quite incredible!"

Mr McNab
The Code Show

"Learning to code in Basic on the Armstrad was a very fun experience, I was able to follow the rule book that my parents likely used in the 80s. Despite not using the language before I was able to make the screen display all the possible colours in the program."

Year 9

We were given a brief history of coding through the 1970s, 80s and 90s , explaining how developments have brought us the technology we use today. Women in STEM was a big topic and even the coding machine that Margaret Hamilton used to develop the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo program was also on display.

Students had the opportunity to test and explore various coding and communication methods, retro video game consoles and more. Some even had the chance to ride in one of the first models of the electric car. There was even a chance to read an original piece of German code from Bletchley that had been cracked by the infamous Enigma machine.

We would like to thank FOPHS who kindly funded this event.

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A piece of original German coding which was deciphered by the infamous Enigma machine.

A piece of original German coding which was deciphered by the infamous Enigma machine.

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