Children at DEC VT05 terminals (circa 1975)
The history of computers is the history of our modern world. A visit to the Museum onsite or online will reveal the fascinating and often surprising connections between past innovations, people, and stories, and the technologies that pervade our lives today.
Our teaching is inquiry-based, with docents and staff using their expertise to build on students´ interests, questions, and discoveries. Educators from elementary school through college will find connections to their content in a broad range of subjects and disciplines. Our school programs for grades 3 through 12 align with Common Core, California State, and Next Generation Science Standards.
Computing is for everyone
Computer history is the story of problem solving and innovation, brought to life in our exhibitions through historical narratives, first-person accounts, iconic examples of industrial design, business and marketing strategies, and more. We explore not only the "what" but also the "why" and the "how" of computing. And we encourage our visitors to think critically about how technology is changing the way we work, live, and play.
Our content and curriculum have obvious ties to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); we also have much to offer students and teachers in History, English Language Arts, and even Visual Arts. Educators around the world will find the Museum to be relevant and engaging for every learner.
The Computer History Museum was awarded the 2012 STEM Innovation Award from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the 2013 Superintendent´s Award for Excellence in Museum Education, sponsored by the California Association of Museums and State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson. Let us put this excellence to work for you and your students.