Highlights: Make a Program for Baby


the baby

With under four weeks to go, we thought we would whet your appetite by selecting some highlights you can expect to see during Manchester Mini Maker Faire.

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We have makers coming from across the country (and even as far away as Texas!) but we thought we’d start off with perhaps the Faire’s most local makers, the Museum of Science and Industry’s Baby Computer Volunteers.

The replica of the world’s first stored-program computer, the ‘Baby’, which first ran in 1948 at the University of Manchester, is on permanent display in the Museum’s Revolution Manchester Gallery.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am – 3pm, you can find out more about this fascinating exhibit from the Museum’s experienced volunteers.

At the Mini Maker Faire, the volunteers will be offering you the chance to make a program for Baby using Machine Code. Once your program has been tested on a simulator, you can download it to a floppy disk (remember those?), take it up to Revolution Manchester and watch it run on the Baby.

A great reminder of just how far computing has come.

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