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LEARN HOW COMPUTERS COUNT AND HOW THEY INTERACT WITH THE REAL WORLD

TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2018

School Holiday Activity at The Nostalgia Box

A 1-hour activity learning how computers work by playing a fun hands-on game creating coded messages using binary code cards. Send coded messages to each other in the same way computers and video games give and receive instructions and messages. (No computers involved)

Ages 8+ years – parents & adults welcome to join too. Limited space, booking is essential. Cost $35 per person. Entry to Museum included for participants.

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CREATE A PAPER ROBOT WITH LED LIGHT 

WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018

School Holiday Activity at The Nostalgia Box

A 1-hour activity learning the basics of an electronic circuit and light up your paper robot with a LED light! Take home your creation at the end of the session to brighten your room. (No computers involved)

Ages 8+ years – parents & adults welcome to join too. Limited space, booking is essential. Cost $35 per person. Entry to Museum included for participants.

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CREATE AND PLAY ELON MUSK’S ‘BLASTAR’ VIDEO GAME

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018

School Holiday Activity at The Nostalgia Box

A 1-hour activity learning to program the “Blastar” video game originally created by Elon Musk when he was only 12 years old. It’s a simple game – shoot the alien before they freeze you and get you with their “Status Beam” weapon. Learn by doing a fun hands-on activity using Scratch and then play the game! Bring your own laptop if you wish to create your own Scratch account but not essential. Raspberry Pi computers will be available for use.

Ages 8+ years – parents & adults welcome to join too. Limited space, booking is essential. Cost $35 per person. Entry to Museum included for participants.

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MAKE A CONTROLLER TO PLAY CLASSIC VIDEO GAMES

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2018

School Holiday Activity at The Nostalgia Box

A 1 hour activity making a working push-button to play a “Classic” video game you can re-program! Interface the push-button to a Raspberry Pi computer’s input/output wiring to drive a video game character. Instead of children being limited to playing yet another video game, they can also make the game controller, colour & re-animate the game characters, and change the program through simple Scratch block coding. This is an introductory course to get a taste of learning about electronics and coding iconic games such as Space Invaders and Asteroids. Take home your creation at the end of the session.

Ages 8+ years – parents & adults welcome to join too. Limited space, booking is essential. Cost $35 per person. Entry to Museum included for participants.

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