Calendar of Events at CMoA

Feb
24
Sat
Meet Typewriter Tom – Love Letters
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet Typewriter Tom - Love Letters

Typewriter Tom returns for a hands-on Valentine’s Day typewriter exhibit!

February is the month to celebrate the art of typewriting and its role in the history of love letters and letter writing. This exhibit features a collection of vintage typewriters, each with its own unique story to tell.

Visitors can explore the evolution of the typewriter and its impact on the art of letter writing. Come and experience the romance of the written word and the beauty of typewritten letters.

“Love Letters” with Typewriter Tom, February 24-25. 12:00 – 4:00 PM, free for members or with museum admission.

Come ‘fall in love’ with the typewriter!

Talking Tech at CMoA – Torrey Williams – AI-Examining Its Potential in Education
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Talking Tech at CMoA - Torrey Williams - AI-Examining Its Potential in Education

Talking Tech at CMoA is a presenter series for all ages. From 15 to 105, you will enjoy a wide array of topics in Tech happening today from industry insiders.

This month’s speaker is Torrey Williams, Chief Information Officer at Westminster Schools

This presentation seeks to give an overview of artificial intelligence and then delve into the risk-reward aspects of AI in K-12 education. The presentation will highlight questions organizations must explore in thinking about the use of AI tools, as well as give some examples of pros and cons of the use of large language models in curriculum.

Talking Tech begins at 2 PM on February 24th.  The talk is free for members or with museum admission.

Feb
25
Sun
Meet Typewriter Tom – Love Letters
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet Typewriter Tom - Love Letters

Typewriter Tom returns for a hands-on Valentine’s Day typewriter exhibit!

February is the month to celebrate the art of typewriting and its role in the history of love letters and letter writing. This exhibit features a collection of vintage typewriters, each with its own unique story to tell.

Visitors can explore the evolution of the typewriter and its impact on the art of letter writing. Come and experience the romance of the written word and the beauty of typewritten letters.

“Love Letters” with Typewriter Tom, February 24-25. 12:00 – 4:00 PM, free for members or with museum admission.

Come ‘fall in love’ with the typewriter!

Mar
2
Sat
Punch Card Machine Demo
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Punch Card Machine Demo

Ever wonder about the history of the punchcard?

The punchcard exhibit starts with a Jacquard Loom, one of the earliest uses of punched cards, which helped to make woven fabric more affordable. Herman Hollerith’s invention of electromechanical processing of cards tabulated data for the 1890 census. The @IBM family of punch card machines was used for data processing and record-keeping across many industries and academia. Punched cards were even used for matchmaking at the University of Iowa in 1963!

Come learn more about this history and punch your own souvenir card on an original IBM 029 to take home during the demo.

Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, free with museum membership or admission.

Mar
14
Thu
CMoA Closed 12 – 5 PM
Mar 14 all-day
CMoA Closed 12 - 5 PM

The museum is closed today as we prepare for BYTE: An evening of cuisine, cocktails, and computers. To learn more go to https://www.computermuseumofamerica.org/byte-2024fundraiser/

 

BYTE24 – A Night of Cuisine, Cocktails, and Computers
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
BYTE24 – A Night of Cuisine, Cocktails, and Computers

Raise a glass for Computer Museum of America (CMoA) at the third annual BYTE fundraiser. Enjoy dinner bytes, beverages from a hosted bar, live music by Hungry Reggae, a Steely Dan tribute band, and exclusive access to the Museum during this event.

Apr
1
Mon
2024 SPRING BREAK Camp: Robotics & LEGO Fortnite
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: SPRING BREAK Robotics and LEGO Fortnite
Camp Week: April 1 – 5, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Full Day Camp (M-F) 9AM – 4PM
Cost $450 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

This Robotics camp targets the beginner.  No prior robotics or programming knowledge is required.

Campers work on Mindstorm EV3 robots and learn to build and code the robot.

Campers will be able to build and program robots to engage in various challenges such as robot obstacle courses, mazes, and more fun and exciting matches.

Your camper will learn the principles of building and programming to be successful in their missions while learning how to work with motors and sensors with precision and control.

Lego Fortnite is a creative fusion of two popular worlds—LEGO and the iconic Fortnite game. In this imaginative crossover, the dynamic and customizable nature of LEGO bricks meets the vibrant and action-packed universe of Fortnite. Builders can recreate iconic Fortnite scenes or invent their brick-based battles, bringing the virtual gaming experience into the tangible realm of LEGO. With mini-figures representing Fortnite characters, players have the opportunity to construct their own miniature Fortnite adventures, combining the thrill of gameplay with the hands-on joy of LEGO building. It’s a delightful blend of digital gaming and real-world creativity, offering fans a new way to engage with their favorite Fortnite moments.***Software, Materials, and Laptops provided at no charge***

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ SPRING BREAK Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

Apr
6
Sat
Punch Card Machine Demo
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Punch Card Machine Demo

Ever wonder about the history of the punchcard?

The punchcard exhibit starts with a Jacquard Loom, one of the earliest uses of punched cards, which helped to make woven fabric more affordable. Herman Hollerith’s invention of electromechanical processing of cards tabulated data for the 1890 census. The @IBM family of punch card machines was used for data processing and record-keeping across many industries and academia. Punched cards were even used for matchmaking at the University of Iowa in 1963!

Come learn more about this history and punch your own souvenir card on an original IBM 029 to take home during the demo.

Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, free with museum membership or admission.

Apr
27
Sat
Electronics Recycling Drive
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Electronics Recycling Drive

It’s that time again!  Our semi-annual Electronics Recycling Drive!

Do you have unused electronics lying around? Do you want to dispose of them securely?  Computer Museum of America (CMoA) and New Life Technology Group have partnered to hold a electronics recycling drop off at CMoA.  Simply pull up to the front of the museum and New Life Tech Group will take it, literally, from there!

For a complete list of acceptable/unacceptable items, please visit NewLifeTechGroup.com

Flat screen TVs have a $20 disposal fee per TV.

Unfortunately, the following items cannot be accepted at this drive:
TVs (other than flat screens) / CRT (Tube) Monitors or TVs / DLP/Rear Projection TVs
Refrigerators / Large Appliances 

AC Units / Thermostats

 

Jun
3
Mon
Summer Camps @ CMoA 2024
Jun 3 – Jun 7 all-day

Summer Camps @ CMoA 2024

We are launching 26 different half-day and full-day camps this year.

Descriptions of each camp and links to registration
are available in each camp’s calendar entry.Camp Registration – Click Here

Early Bird Discounts – end March 15th
Save $75 on full-day camps with code “SAVE75”  or
Save $35 on half-day camps with code “SAVE35”
Membership pays!
CMoA Members! Use code CMOA2024 for a $25 off discount

(Only one discount code can be used per registration)

CMoA is proud to be working again with partners STREM HQ and NFARL for our 2024 summer camps.

2024 Summer Camps: Amateur (Ham Radio) Radio Camp
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: Amateur Radio Camp
Camp Week: June 3-7, 2024
Suggested Ages: 9 – 16
Duration: Full Day Camp (M-F) 9AM – 4PM
Cost $600

Skill Level: Beginner, good with science

Pre- requisite: None

Skills acquired:

  • Will have the opportunity to test for their Technician Class Amateur Radio License with the FCC
  • Physics – EM Spectrum, Wave Propagation, Electronics
  • Learn to work with others
  • Speaking to the public

Course Description:

Learn a skillset used by Pilots, Military Personnel, Emergency Responders, and STEM enthusiasts!

In this fun, full-day, week long camp, you will learn about the science behind radio transmissions, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, and waves.  Learn how to use this technology to talk to people all over the world and even out of this world on the International Space Station!

When cell phones, regular phones, the internet and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through.  Radio amateurs, often called “hams,” enjoy radio technology as a hobby. But it’s also a service –a vital service that has saved lives when regular communication systems failed.  Ham Radio is the ability to communicate — across the street, around the world, or even with people and satellites in space!  Even when the power’s out, and the land lines and cell phones don’t work, with a battery, a radio, and a wire, ham radio is there.

Ham Radio lets us enjoy life-long friends, and a hands-on technical education.  It provides the resources and encouragement to experiment with new things and to design and build on the latest communications technologies.

TO REGISTER for this camp, please use: CMoA Amateur Radio Camp Registration Form

CMoA is proud to be working with partner NFARL again this year for this camp.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Minecraft Chemistry Labs
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm

Camp Name: Minecraft Chemistry Labs
Camp Week: June 3-7, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM-12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Beg- Adv

Pre- requisite: None

Skills acquired (Software/ Hardware) :

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Minecraft
  • Design

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Creativity
  • Design sense
  • Visuospatial reasoning

Real Time Application: All Engineering & Chemistry Disciplines

Course Details:

Welcome to Minecraft Labs – the perfect way to educate and engage students in the world of automation!

Students can learn to create and automate their own Minecraft world using Redstone, build structures, and make different compounds.  They can even make pigs fly with helium, or set off underwater TNT!  With this educational program, students will learn the fundamentals of engineering and chemistry, all while having fun in a Minecraft world.

Perfect for lovers of Minecraft, Science & Engineering fields.

**Licensed Software (full version) provided at no charge**

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Fractions with Origami
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: Minecraft Chemistry Labs
Camp Week: June 3-7, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM-12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Beg- Adv

Pre- requisite: Must be able to work together in a team

Soft Skills acquired:

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Storyboarding
  • Math

Real Time Applications : Math Skills – Numbers & Fractions

Course Details:

Get Creative!  Learn the intriguing Japanese art of origami and produce amazing paper sculptures!  Sharpen your fine motor skills with origami challenges while learning about Numbers and Fractions.  Learn to make dragons, frogs, birds, or flowers and even Ninja star sculptures!

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

Jun
10
Mon
2024 Summer Camps: 3D Engineering Design
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm

Camp Name: 3D Engineering Design
Camp Week: June 10-14, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM – 12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skills acquired:  Creativity, Publishing Skills

Paths:  Next Generation Animators and Designs

Opportunities in Animation Studios like Disney, Pixar, Electronic Arts Game Designing etc.  Students work in Blender making unique 2D models, learn special effects and 3D animation in this fun camp.  Blender is an open source software which has been used to make some fun and published animations.

3D character design is used not only in movies but has a huge demand in the gaming industry as well.

3D Modeling and Animation class allows students to take their imagination to a whole new level. Student use ideas and objects from real world examples and translates them to an ever evolving 3D model. By using design techniques and running simulations they create new wonders. This perfect blend of art and science is a great addition to STEAM movement.

  • Using Storyboards to build advanced design
  • Student learn concepts of Sculpting, Rendering, and Modelling
  • Animation principles as Object are rotated in 3D Space
  • Design 3D Characters
  • Creativity, Confidence, and Project Based Learning

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Robotics – Code, Build, Challenge!
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Camp Name: Robotics – Code, Build, Challenge!
Camp Week: June 10-14, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM-12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Beg- Int

Pre- requisite: Ability to work as a team

(Suggested ages 8-12)

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software) :

  • Programming logic
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Building

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Real Time Applications: Engineering Design, Robotic Design and Programming

Course Details:

This Robotics camp targets the beginner.  No prior robotics or programming knowledge is required.

Campers work on Mindstorm EV3 robots and learn to build and code the robot.  Campers will be able to build and program robots to engage in various challenges such as robot obstacle courses, mazes, and more fun and exciting matches.

Your camper will learn principles of building and programming to be successful in their missions while learning how to work with motors and sensors with precision and control.

***All materials provided at no additional cost***

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Animation Nation
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: Animation Nation
Camp Week: June 10-14, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 1PM – 4PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Beg- Adv

Pre- requisite: None

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software) : 

  • Design
  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Cartooning

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Creativity
  • Brainstorming

Real Time Applications: Multimedia design, Animation, Cartoons

Course Details:

You have seen Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Speed Runner, Pink Panther and more.  Now its your turn to learn how to make your own Cartoons.  Learn two unique animation software programs to create different kinds of 2D animations.

In this class students discover cartooning & animation basics taking their imagination to a whole new level.  Create fun cartoons, animations and stories and learn to publish them as well!  Learn what goes on in the world of Disney and Cartoon Network.  It is fun filled class and interactive class introducing concepts on Animation.

***All materials provided at no additional cost***

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Python Game Design
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: Python Game Design
Camp Week: June 10-14, 2024
Suggested Ages: 11 – 14
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 1PM – 4PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Int- Adv

Pre- requisite: NONE

Suggested ages – 11-16 yo

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software):

  • Coding in Python
  • Programming logic
  • Indentations
  • Methods
  • Expressions
  • Control Flow

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Product design
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Logical Mindset

Real Time Application: Software Engineering, Software Design, Game Design

Course Description:

Python is a widely used, powerful programming language that is used by professionals and hobbyists alike.  With Python you can create a multiplayer live coding strategy game where you can defeat trolls, ogres and other enemies. With Python, you can create games that are both enjoyable and educational, making it a great choice!

This camp is both challenging and fun, providing a great way to learn the fundamentals of Python programming.

**Software and Laptops provided at no charge**

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

Jun
17
Mon
2024 Summer Camps: JavaScript Game Design
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm

Camp Name: JavaScript Game Design
Camp Week: June 17-21, 2024
Suggested Ages: 11-14
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM – 12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Int- Adv

Pre- requisite: NONE

Suggested ages – 10+ yo

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software):

  • Coding in JavaScript
  • Programming logic
  • Conditionals
  • Loops
  • Booleans
  • Variables

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Product design
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Logical Mindset

Real Time Application: Software Engineering, Software Design, Game Design

Course Description:

JavaScript is the programming language of the web. It controls everything that happens on a website, like pop-ups, animations, warnings, and autocomplete search boxes.

Are you ready to dive into JavaScript?

You will learn how to add JavaScript code to a website and work on several projects including a calculator, multiple-choice quiz program, and 2D game. This camp is a great start to web development, game design, and app design with JavaScript.

Learn to code with JavaScript in a simple and fun way , see your child create magic with 2D games!

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Sumo Robot Battles
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm

Camp Name: Sumo Battles – Mighty Bots!
Camp Week: June 17-21, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 9AM-12PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skill Level: Beg – Int

Pre-requisite: Ability to work as a team

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software) :

  • Programming logic
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Building

Soft Skills Acquired:

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Real Time Applications: Engineering Design, Robotic Design and Programming

Course Details:

Sumo Battles – Robot Battle Arena is the perfect way to get your students excited about robotics and engineering!  With no prior experience needed, students of all levels can join in on the fun and excitement of robot combat.

Get ready for a truly out of this world experience with Sumo Battle Mighty Bots!

***All materials included at no cost.***

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

2024 Summer Camps: Junior Adventures with AI
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm

Camp Name: Junior Adventures with AI
Camp Week: June 17-21, 2024
Suggested Ages: 8 – 12
Duration: Half Day Camp (M-F) 1PM – 4PM
Cost $300 (plus $50 one-time, new camper registration fee)

Skills acquired (Hardware/ Software):

  • Coding
  • Data Modelling

Soft Skills acquired: 

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Storyboarding
  • Logic
  • Reasoning and distribution

Paths: Innovators, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and neural network scientists.

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is the ability for computers to do things that are considered characteristic of intelligence: language processing, pictorial interpretations, pattern detection and more!  Recently, with the advancement of computing power and ability to process high volumes of data, computers have been able to generate more accurate models that predict responses.

Our kids are growing up in an environment full of A.I. driven devices and it is becoming increasingly important for them to understand and learn to use this technology around them.

With easy to use A.I. powered programs your child will learn –

  • What is Artificial intelligence
  • Fundamentals of Machine learning
  • Creating code to detect patterns
  • Design and code games and teach the computer how to play it.
  • Discover how to create an intelligent machine!
  • Generating data sets
  • Debugging
  • An understanding of futuristic machines such as Humanoid Androids, Robot Swarms, Nano Bots and more!

No prior experience required.

***All materials provided at no additional cost***

TO REGISTER for this camp, please head to:  STREM HQ Camp Registration 2024

CMoA is proud to be working with partner STREM HQ for our 2024 summer camps.

 

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