This is part of a short series of posts where I reflect on the inaugural Intel Education Visionaries meet up in Santa Clara, California in October 2015.
I like museums and I enjoyed the short amount of time that we had to explore Intel’s history.
But, what I liked the most was how they had a classroom at the centre of the museum and all of the local schools are invited to visit with their students. A simple but important initiative for one of the original companies of Silicon Valley.
There were a few fun exhibits hidden away in the museum as well – such as elements from the periodic table scattered around the floor (made me think why we don’t just to that as standard in Science departments in new school builds?)
The museum was pretty interactive as well and uses a number of simple demo to explain key concepts of computer science and chip manufacture. I liked the one with the foam balls the drainpipe to simulate bandwidth and network speed (I think I’ll recreate it back at school).
Then there was of course the obligatory ‘Bunny Suit’ demo.
Finally, I was quite taken by this quote from Robert Noyce (one of the Intel founders), “Don’t be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful.” – it is pretty good inspiration for schools as well.