RIMOSA Education & Activities
COMING SOON: RIMOSA Workshops Powered by RICM!
Exciting news! RICM will be expanding our STEM programs to STEAM – we’re absorbing the wonderful hands-on, open-ended educational programs from the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art. Learn more here about “RIMOSA Workshops Powered by RICM” and watch our website for details on when these programs will be available!
At the Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM), we provide exciting opportunities for all visitors to learn from our world-class collections of inspiring objects. In many places, vintage technology is almost extinct. Here at RICM, all kinds of "techosaurs" are alive and well, as well as innovative tech tools that give a glimpse of our futures!
There are fun and meaningful opportunities to explore science and technology, make and tinker, learn about microcomputers, dive into the the history of computers, and enjoy the wonders and power of the written word. We can offer experiences and activities for a wide range of groups including schools, clubs, students, families, and adult learners. Come join us!
Current Library Workshop Offerings :
NOTE: All Workshop have a recommended age, but each can be tailored to participants.
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Make Your Own Video Game 2022
Have you ever wondered how the designers of your favorite games work their magic? Come "crack the code" of games in the Rhode Island Computer Museum's "Make Your Own Video Game" workshop. This is a great chance to put down your controllers, dive into learning the interactive "Scratch" software--a user-friendly program developed by MIT to teach software coding--and create your very own video game sample.
Presented by our learning team, the workshop also features an exhibit on “Historic Video Games” that explains the impact of Early Video Games and describes how designers used to make games. Participants will walk away with the skills they need to develop a game and a deeper understanding of the history of technology. Game ON!
Note: This Workshop is part of ongoing traveling exhibits presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum. The Workshop is partially supported by IEEE-USA K-12STEM Literacy Committee’s outreach program. Contact Dan Berman: Dan@ricomputermuseum.org
Recommended age for this workshop is 8and up.
No CAD (computer-aided-design) experience? No problem!
BlocksCAD is a graphical, engaging, and effective way to CAD, where the outcome is improved math & computer science skills. CAD (Computer-aided design) is a computer technology that designs a product and documents the design's process. This workshop will cover the use of the BlocksCAD program. This drag and drop (like Scratch) software is it mostly used to describe a solid 3D model. So you can use variables to make a design that can change sizes - like a ring where you can specify the finger radius. Or you can use loops to make even patterns shapes in a design - like the numbers on a dice or the steps in a staircase. In addition, you can build up your own library of shapes to use in designs. This is a RICM virtual workshop using google “MEETS”.
This workshop is open to all ages 10 and up. (Maximum spaces 16).
Ozobot Robot Game Lab
Come learn how to use the Ozobot robot to create your own robot adventure. Kids will learn about Ozobot and create an adventure out of everyday objects (e.g., draw items, use cardboard, playdoh, coins, library things). They'll test out their Ozobots program and, at the end, they'll use examples to present their design to the whole group.
(Ages: 8-12 years) Contact Dan Berman: Dan@ricomputermuseum.org
Last Update: May 2019
A Hitchhiker’s (Beginner’s) Guide to the Raspberry Pi Universe
Want to buy a tiny credit-card-sized computer for $35? The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi computer is a miniature ARM (phone) based PC which can do many of the things a desktop PC can do like word-processing, games or playing back High-Definition video. The idea behind this tiny and cheap computer for kids is to help kids interact with computers like in the old days of the Amigas, BBC Micros, Spectrum ZX, and Commodore 64 machines where people of an earlier generation learned to program. (various sessions, must purchase Raspberry Pi or have access to one)
You will also learn about programmable electronics for making motors run and a lot more. The set-up is easy for beginners, challenging for experienced programmers, and fun for everyone! (1½ hour session, age 11 and above)
Virtual- Let's make a music video!
This workshop will teach kids the wonders of coding by introducing them to this audiovisual experience. Kids will learn to create music and animate shapes to follow along; all with the help of basic coding! This is a virtual workshop using google “MEETS”.
Recommended age for this workshop is 7 and up.
Virtual - Make a Virtual Novel with Ren'Py 2020
Visual novels are a great mix between literature and video games, giving the "player" a chance to make their own decisions in the story. Ren'Py allows users to write their own.
The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present a Workshop on Ren'Py. This is a software that kids can use to create their own visual novels/text-based adventures. Participants will come up with their own story and implement it into text using a Python-like programming language.
Recommended age for this workshop is 10 and up.
*NOTE: Download of Ren'Py software is required. https://www.renpy.org/latest.html
TinkerCAD Workshop! NEW FOR 2020
Independently design a birdhouse using TinkerCAD software. CAD (Computer-aided design) is a computer technology that designs a product and documents the design's process. This workshop will cover the use of the TinkerCad program. This software is mostly used to make little objects for 3D printing. It is simila