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Parents and children are curious about the history of computers on display at the KCG Museum!

Parents and children learning about the history of computers
Parents and children learning about the history of computers

On August 2, 2015, Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) held its Summer Festa "The History of Computers for Parents and Children" at the Kyoto Station School, where children on summer vacation visited with their parents to see valuable computers of the past.The lecturer was Dr. Hiroto Chiba, Deputy Director of the KCG Computer Museum.Chiba is a visiting professor at Kyoto College of Computer Science and Graduate Institute (KCGI) this spring. He is very knowledgeable about the world of the science fiction series "Star Trek" and manages its official Japanese homepage.He also has a deep knowledge of the history of computers, and is the Deputy Director of the Museum.

At the event, participants first learned about the history of computer development, from hand-cranked calculators, through large computers using many vacuum tubes, to the recent notebook computers, and then looked around at the actual computers on display in the lobby of the Kyoto Ekimae School.The children also challenged themselves to disassemble and reassemble the computer, showing a keen interest in the internal structure for the first time.

A sixth-grade student from Osaka City said, "I was surprised to learn that the design of computers in the past was not as smooth and angular as those of today's computers," while a sixth-grade student from Kyoto City said, "It was interesting to see the inside of a computer for the first time.

KCG Group preserves the past computers and other equipment used for education, practice and research for more than 50 years since its foundation as the "KCG Resource Center" and makes them widely available to the public.In 2008, the KCG Museum was recognized as the first "Distributed Computer Museum" in Japan by the Information Processing Society of Japan.The Society also recognized the TOSBAC-3400 and the OKITAC 4300C system (both certified in 2008, the first in Japan), the NEAC-2206 (certified in 2010), the NEAC System 100 (certified in 2011), the MZ-80K (certified in 2012), and the PDP-8/I (certified in 2014), both of which are on display and stored at the University, as "Certified Equipment for Information Processing Technology Heritage.The KCG Group is planning to develop the Kyoto Station School into a "computer museum" and have it widely used as a place for research and education, with the aim of passing on to the next generation the technology that supported Japan's rapid economic growth.

KCG Museum

Summer Festa 2015

Children listening to Hiroto Chiba's explanation
Children listening to Hiroto Chiba's explanation
Inside a computer for the first time
Inside a computer for the first time