Education Programs Overview

Children at DEC VT05 terminals (circa 1975)
Children at DEC VT05 terminals (circa 1975)

The history of computers is the history of our modern world. A visit to the Museum onsite or online will reveal the fascinating and often surprising connections between past innovations, people, and stories, and the technologies that pervade our lives today.

Our teaching is inquiry-based, with docents and staff using their expertise to build on students´ interests, questions, and discoveries. Educators from elementary school through college will find connections to their content in a broad range of subjects and disciplines. Our school programs for grades 3 through 12 align with Common Core, California State, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Computing is for everyone

Computer history is the story of problem solving and innovation, brought to life in our exhibitions through historical narratives, first-person accounts, iconic examples of industrial design, business and marketing strategies, and more. We explore not only the "what" but also the "why" and the "how" of computing. And we encourage our visitors to think critically about how technology is changing the way we work, live, and play.

Our content and curriculum have obvious ties to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); we also have much to offer students and teachers in History, English Language Arts, and even Visual Arts. Educators around the world will find the Museum to be relevant and engaging for every learner.

About STEM award About STEM award

The Computer History Museum was awarded the 2012 STEM Innovation Award from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the 2013 Superintendent´s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, sponsored by the California Association of Museums and State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson. Let us put this excellence to work for you and your students.


Welcome to Design_Code_Build

Broadcom Presents Design_Code_Build is an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experience led by the Computer History Museum. Each event introduces Bay Area middle school students to the basic concepts behind coding and applied mathematics, in order to inspire them to pursue STEM in their future education and careers.

Students gain hands-on experience as they build and program a Raspberry Pi, design instruction sets to navigate a life-sized maze, and work with Museum docents to investigate historic methods of computer programming. Each event is keynoted by a “rock star” – a tech industry professional who shares his or her personal story to inspire students and pique their interest – and supported by other tech professionals who act as role models and mentors. Students will showcase the concepts and skills learned throughout the day, with fun and creative group presentations.

The upcoming Design_Code_Build dates are:

  • April 11, 2015
  • May 10, 2015
  • June 27, 2015
  • July 25, 2015
  • August 9, 2015
  • November 14, 2015

This program is made possible through the generosity of Broadcom Foundation.

School Programs

School Programs

Programs for grades 3-12, including self-guided visits, docent-led discussions, and interactive workshops.
Plan a School or College Visit

Plan a School or College Visit

All you need to know to plan and reserve a class visit.
Get Invested

Get Invested: Case Studies in Innovation

High school students collaborate to develop tech-based solutions for today’s global challenges.
For College Students and Faculty

For College Students and Faculty

Resources for college and university study and research.
For Educators

For Educators

Information to help you incorporate the Museum’s rich resources into your curriculum.

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