The Computer History Museum's school programs are designed to enhance the classroom curriculum and create an enjoyable educational experience for students and teachers. Using our rich collection of historical artifacts and multimedia, students engage in inquiry-based discussions, drawing on observational skills, analytical reasoning, and creative thinking to enrich their understanding of computing history and its relevance to the world at large.
Docents are trained to interact with students of all ages in developmentally appropriate ways. K-12 programs are consistent with California state standards in a wide range of content areas, including Science, History-Social Science, Math, and English Language Arts. We encourage educators to explore the many options that are available on-site and on-line.
For Colleges and Universities
Professors wishing to use the Museum as a resource are welcome to contact us for ideas and assistance. College students who are assigned to visit the Museum independently will receive discounted admission upon presentation of valid student identification. College groups may also reserve docent-led gallery discussions or attend as self-guided groups by contacting Group Reservations at least six weeks in advance of their visit. Please review Plan a School Group Visit for more information.
Types of School Programs
- Self-Guided Visits
- Docent-Led Discussions
Classes may explore the Museum independently. The exhibition offers students the opportunity to view and discuss artifacts and multimedia presentations as they learn about people and technologies from the first 2000 years of computing history.
Teachers may find our suggestions for student activities helpful in incorporating a visit to the Museum into their classroom curriculum. All self-guided school groups must make a reservation at least six weeks in advance. Please review Plan a School Group Visit for more information.
Interactive docent-led discussions are approximately one hour long and provide a general overview of Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing History. Docents are trained to help students look deeply and consider the relationships between historical artifacts and contemporary technology. As an added benefit, students have the opportunity to learn from professionals who have first-hand knowledge of the history of computers, many of whom were pioneers in the field.
We encourage classes to come with questions; teachers may find our suggestions for student activities helpful in preparing students to participate in gallery discussions. All school groups must reserve their docent-led discussions at least six weeks in advance. Please review Plan a School Group Visit for more information.
K-12 workshops are interactive programs that enable students to take a deeper look at computing history in ways that are specific to their developmental stages and abilities. Workshops engage students in thinking critically about technology and history as they participate in enjoyable, creative activities that encourage the use of skills such as questioning, observation, collaboration, and public speaking.
The workshops listed below are targeted towards specific grade levels and meet a variety of California state standards. Workshops must be reserved at least six weeks in advance. Please review Plan a School Group Visit for more information and to make a reservation.
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