What a 65 Year Old Computer can Teach Us Now


Learn how simple computer emulators can get beginners interested in computer programming, and help teach kids learning to program. In this presentation I will demonstrate how simple retro computers, like the WITCH, can be used to teach and interest kids in programming. The National Museum of Computing is looking to get emulators and modern replicas of the retro computers to aid education. I have been lucky to be a part of making the WITCH-E Emulator, the educational emulator of the oldest currently working programmable digital computer in the world! I want to share what I did to make it so anyone could work on it.  You might want to bring a laptop or big tablet with HTML5 and Chrome to run an example program I have made.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30 to 12:30