Every weekend, the FUZEliers will be introducing young coders to the FUZE, a purpose-built, computer to make teaching and learning programming easy and fun. It is an electronics workstation powered by a Raspberry Pi and programmed using the ever-popular BASIC language. Youngsters will be encouraged to develop their logical thinking in a fun way by programming robots and other devices linked to the FUZE to give them a real sense of the power of computing.
Any young visitor can drop in and be guided by a team of student FUZEliers. No previous experience is necessary. By the end of a short session, they will have learnt some key commands, written their first real programs and could be controlling a robot arm.
Tim Reynolds, Chair of The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), said: “In its straightforward approach and use of BASIC, FUZE is a modern take on the BBC Micro, the machine which introduced so many of today’s British computer scientists to computing.
“FUZE brings together programming and electronics in a fun way that shows just how far computing has come and hints at the future that lies before us. As an educational tool in the context of a museum of computing that looks to the future, it’s a great fit.”
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org