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.
We are so happy to be back!
2020 has been an unexpected year for the entire world and here at Red2Green a lot of hard work has been put into getting things back to a new 'normal' for everyone. Due to the nature of the bubbles we now have in place, this project will be delivered almost completely virtually until further notice.
If not for computers - how would we be able to achieve this?
The participants for the project will include people with autism, people with profound learning disabilities, primary school children, secondary school children and people from the local and surrounding communities.
**We are currently looking for older members of these communities. Please get in contact with us to join in!** (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We look forward to bringing the community together to explore the history of computers through shared learning and fun. Key dates: Computers/Technology Week: December 7th - 11th 2020 Steering Committee Meeting: 2nd week in December - date TBC
We are pleased to confirm that we are linked up with Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School for the duration of this project. Please look out for future updates with their students included. They will be busy integrating this learning into their curriculum and will update their school webpage as they progress.
The end of the project will see us coming together (either virtually or in person) to celebrate and showcase everything we have learned during the year. We have already sent details of this web page to NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover which is due to land on the red planet in 2021. This legacy of the project could allow future archaeologists to discover and learn all about Cogs2Computers.
Moving along through our timeline of events, we have been busy exploring the earliest calculators through learning about the Abacus and the Slide Rule.
The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use in the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and Russia, centuries before the adoption of the written Arabic number system.
In 1632, William Oughtred designed the first linear slide rule. The usefulness of the slide rule for rapid calculation was recognized, especially in England, during the 18th century, and the instrument was made in considerable numbers, with slight modifications.
Familiarising ourselves with an abacus which will have been used before digital calculators were invented.
Our Options learners made beads for the handmade abacuses.
Aspirations have been busy mastering the slide rule and solving real-time equations!