This month's entries are in Mountain View, Calif. and Ottawa, Canada
PHOTO: COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM
Mountain View, Calif.
ADMISSION: Free (donations welcome)
ENGINEERING JUDGES: Sue Kayton and Myron Kayton
JUNIOR JUROR: Daniel, age 18
This museum is home to some very historic whole and partial computer systems, including portions of the massive ENIAC computer, one of the world's first digital electronic computers; an 1889 Hollerith census tabulator; and a guidance computer that steered Apollo spacecraft to the moon's surface. The intended audience is middle-school age and older. Our judges were very impressed by the "incredibly knowledgeable detailed explanations from the docents," thinking "Wow! We've sure come a long way!" The junior juror's reaction: "Wow! That's what a computer used to look like?"
Canada Science and Technology Museum
ADMISSION: Adults: US $5; students/seniors: $4; children (4-14): $2.50; children (under 4): free; special rates for groups and families
ENGINEERING JUDGES: Damitha Ranaweera and Ravindra Kuruneru
JUNIOR JUROR: Amanda, age 9
Exhibits here focus on the broad history, principles, and applications of science and technology. The facility also has a planetarium and offers rides on a restored 1913 train. Our judges declared this museum to be a "very good place to learn fundamentals of science and Canada's contribution to technology." There are also many fun hands-on exhibits for kids, including those at the space exhibit, which was the highlight for the junior juror and featured many artifacts from Canada's space program.
By Janet M. Six
About the Author
Janet M. Six is the principal of Lone Star Interaction in Dallas. For more reviews and information on how you can tell us about a museum you have visited, see http://www.spectrum.ieee.org.