In October and November we enjoyed running a couple of different workshops on light. The first one was “Light, Lasers & Illusions”. During the presentation the children discovered how our eyes can be tricked, how we can burst balloons with different coloured lasers, and how a drop of water can be turned into a simple but impressive microscope.
What's a Typewriter?
As part of our visit to IBM for the Raspberry Pi day we had a tour of IBM's museum. During the tour we were shown some of IBM's typewriters and after a long (but concise) explanation of the development of the typewriter, one of the kids asked what did these 'typewriter' things do? It never struck the rest of us adults that most of the children would never have seen one of these before.
I suspect the adults enjoyed this bit of the tour more than the children, reminiscing about days when 'laptops' could break your knee caps if you actually tried to put them on your lap. The history of the site was impressive as well, with Hursley House being used for the development of the Spitfire during the war.