Build A Computer!

Eli Whitney Museum

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for ages 11+


2024 Summer Program

How does a computer actually work? It’s not magic, it’s science!

Over the course of a week, peel back some of the mystery and learn about topics such as binary numbers, boolean logic, static memory, and system clocks. Find out how a processor “thinks” and dip your toes into reading some of their native language, machine code. Then try out the more human-friendly programming language Python and discover how the two are more similar than you might think.

Learn how to solder and how electronic chips can be connected together to do useful things. Build your very own binary calculator to take home and get a glimpse into the world of the digital.

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