Physical computing, using hardware such as Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bits and similar is incredibly empowering for children and young people. Through ‘open’ computers such as these, people can learn the skills to adapt and change the world around them, or even write a computer program to be run on the International Space Station.
Linking practical, hands on coding workshops with our Museum collection provides the opportunity to delve into history (Jacquard looms, invented in 1804, were the original ‘computer’, wiring a system to call a servant in a country house, exploring mythological and fantastical beasts and then coding new beasts, etc) and also engages new audiences. I feel passionately that this is a direction that museums can really benefit from going forward.
As Steve Lomas, Founding Director of Raspberry Pi said;
Don’t let your kids grow up to be Muggles, teach them the magic of coding.