The Birth of Computers by Roger Hodge


The approximate running time of this play is 30 minutes.

A n imaginative trip back almost two hundred years to hear the story of the inventor of the first computer, Charles Babbage, and his friendship with Ada Lovelace, the women regarded as the first computer programmer. A fascinating technology lesson that is perfect for pupils aged 9 -12 as a classroom exercise, an assembly or a presentation for an open day.

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Mr Fitz (or Fizzy as he is affectionately known) is an unusual science teacher in that he has a travelling time machine! This means he is able to take his pupils back in time to witness some of the exact moments of exceptional inventions and how they were developed. In this story, his class are able to discover just how old the concept of creating computers is and how complicated the first machines were, as well as highlighting the important contribution a woman made to the development of the technology.

The play requires the use of visuals and sound effects through an interactive whiteboard or by some other method.

17 speaking parts. Approximate running time 30 minutes.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, props and costumes.

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