@Home Gaming and Coding before the Microchip!

Given that the smallest computer available in the 1960s had a price tag of  $18,000 ($140,000 in today's dollars), required a small cargo van to move (with peripherals), and had RAM measured in 12 bit word lengths (12 total 0's and 1's, or Binary Digits), how did people code and game at home in the Age of Aquarius? The answer is that they used mechanical and basic electronic equivalents of the same Boolean logic and Binary systems behind the operations of even today's most sophisticated computers.

This program will explore several of the most popular coding tools and gaming systems of the period, provide generous hands-on exploration time with them, and give a healthy dose of the history (or nostalgia) behind the modern computer revolution.

Program Collection

Participants will have a chance to explore all of the following equipment in my collection:


Ready to experience the blunt edge of computer technology?

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Please Note: Presentation and class materials are for showcase purposes only and not meant to be used without explicit permission.

Logistics, Fee & Delivery Requirements

Duration: 2.0 hour interactive program  |  Ages: 8/9-Adult/Senior  |  Participants: 4-30  |  Cost: Starting at $299 for 2 hours ($30 additional 1 hour) |  Requirements: Video Projector with HDMI port and speakers ; 8 large tables with 2 chairs each for hands-on items ; 1.0 hour setup and breakdown times ; additional travel charges may apply. Contact for details.

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Nothing like my XBox, Switch, or laptop, but still really cool!
— Bridget S.
Getting to play with computers from a museum was fantastic.
— Boyle M.

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