Science/Tech Museums

This month's entries are in Mountain View, Calif. and Ottawa, Canada

PHOTO: COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM

Computer History Museum

Mountain View, Calif.

http://www.computerhistory.org

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

PHOTO: CANADA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

Ottawa

http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca

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.

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