Cogs2Computers, our 2020/2021 project, is designed to support and bring the Red2Green community, the local schools and the public together to learn the history of computers, to enjoy interacting with one another and to learn something new.
The participants for the project include people with autism, people with profound learning disabilities, school children and people from the local and surrounding communities. We look forward to bringing the community together to explore the history of computers through shared learning and fun.
We are currently looking for older members of these communities because we want to hear about how the coronavirus pandemic has changed how they use technology. Please get in contact with us to join in!
The hand-powered, 2,000-year-old device displayed the motion of the universe, predicting the movement of the five known planets, the phases of the moon and the solar and lunar eclipses. But quite how it achieved such impressive feats has proved fiendishly hard to untangle.
It was discovered on a shipwreck off the coast of the Antikythera island in Greece by divers looking for sponges. Options and Aspirations looked into it from picture sheets and YouTube links and produced some lovely work artwork. Abacus and Slide Rule
Options looked at different types of abacus from around the world and discussed their uses and made their own, some clients completed maths equations, and some enjoyed the sensory side of the activity, involvement for everyone.
Aspirations looked at Abacus’ too but also slide rules, the origin and uses of slide rules and why we no longer use them… someone developed an electronic calculator much to the joy of nearly everyone as Aspirations found out when they made their own and used a digital version, they were very complicated to use (but very clever too).
Aspirations produced some amazing artwork, and our resident maths genius Adam came up with some fantastic maths games, great fun was had by all.