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"Annual Day of Giving 2021"

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If you think COVID slowed us down, think again, we haven’t stopped for a minute. We’ve continued to touch SO many lives at our Learning Lab and elsewhere as we introduce our students to robotics, 3D printing, embedded systems design, and so many other aspects of technology.

One thing we really need are volunteers. We need people to extend our STEM teaching, people to help us save critically important artifacts from the dustbin of history, people to guide visitors through our wonderful warehouse collection of computers. Those volunteers are critical to our future. To find them, we must advertise and THAT, of course, costs money, the second thing we really need!

We can’t do ANY of this without your help. Our fundraising goal this year is $40,000. It won’t be easy to reach such a goal, we know that. SO please do what you can. I can’t begin to tell you how much your help means to us. You can donate through PayPal, by visiting our website at Donate Today! , or by mailing a check.

To those of you who have given in the past, we sincerely thank you for your generosity and hope you can continue to support us.

Dan Berman - RICM Director

Rhode Island Computer Museum

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December 10Th - PEEK and POKE NIGHT

PEEK&POKE is a new traditional event of the Rhode Island Computer Museum – (Museum Night). Join us for a theme of retro game night. There is so much to see at RICM! The museum will be open from 5 pm to 7 pm and admission is free.

The past causes the present, and so the future….

Why do we save old Computers?

Computer History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be.

Three reasons to save old computers and study Computer History:

  1. We learn from the past! By studying computers of the past, you will learn more about what makes new computers work the way they do.

  2. History is the study of change and saving old computers allows us to understand change. The world is constantly changing, so understanding the role of change in society helps you interpret the world in its current state. Few things in the modern world change as quickly as computer technology.

  3. Saving old computers allows us to read information in its original format and share past stories saved in different electronic formats.

Retro Game Night!

June 26st, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Rhode Island Computer Museum’s (RICM) is hosting A Retro Game Night June 26, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adults who grew up during the golden age of video games should be prepared to take a trip down memory lane. We're dusting off the consoles of yore, including Atari, Intellivision, SNES, Sega Genesis, Playstation, Colecovision, N64 and more!

You can also feel free to bring any systems and games you want to play - provided it's old retro. We will provide the Popcorn and refreshments while you have fun discussing, reminiscing and (of course) playing these great games/systems. BONUS: Interested in present/future gaming? Come check out our immersive VR demos in the lab as well!

Open Games on at 6 PM / Games off at 9 PM / over 18 Age / Suggested Donation $10

Our "Computer Crypt" is jam-packed with amazing technological artifacts, and we are dedicated to bringing these bits and bytes of history to light for people. You can contact us to schedule a tour, and we also loan our artifacts to filmmakers. You can see our vintage tech in "Hidden Figures," "Maniac," "Halt and Catch Fire," "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry", and many other productions.

Our crypt's artifacts inspire artists, as well as vintage tech buffs. You'll find pieces from an art project by writer/artist Kimberly Elliott on this site, and in the slideshow above you'll see three fabulous little sculptures of birds by Ann Smith (find her on etsy). Ann spends her days making little robot-like sculptures from broken electronics and machine parts (including some from the recycling bins of our Computer Crypt!). Her sculptures are sold in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., and are used as illustrations for publications. She has received local and international press from Wired, Make Magazine, PBS Boston, DPI Magazine in Taiwan, Architectural Digest (Germany), and many others.

Kind Words for RICM from "Donna Clark"

We're big fans of actress Kerry Bishé from "Halt and Catch Fire," and it turns out the feeling is mutual! Thanks, Kerry!

Computer History Stories

Check out some of the stories behind the items in our Computer Crypt and collections in Computer History Stories From Around the States.

Learning Lab Tours

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CALL US: (401) 741-6997

EMAIL US: dan@ricomputermuseum.org

Professional Development Opportunities

Geek out at our Learning Lab! Visit the Learning Lab website to see what's happening and learn about our workshops. Call us or e-mail us if you want to join our community of coders, makers, and tinkerers as a student, volunteer, or curious explorer of all things tech.