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Here East are hosting 90-minute workshops, where local school children can learn about the history of the Internet in a fun and interactive way. Digital historian Jim Boulton and Lucasfilm illustrator JAKe will take the class on a multi-media adventure through time, bringing to life the events that sparked the digital revolution.

At 10.30pm, on 29th October 1969, Charley Kline sent a message from a computer at the University of California (UCLA), to a computer at Stanford University. The Internet had taken its first breath.

Fifty years on, three billion people are online. The Internet has changed how we work, shop, play, and communicate. We do everything differently. But what will the Internet look like in 2069?

In a unique format that combines storytelling, comic-making, history and science, Jim and JAKe will take the class on a whirlwind tour of the Information Age, from the transistor to the smartphone. By exploring the environments, personalities and circumstances behind the major technological breakthroughs of the last fifty years, pupils will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the digital world we live in and the forces that shape it.

At the end of the workshop, each young person will be given a comic of the digital revolution to take away. The last page is blank, providing an opportunity for attendees to visualise their hopes for the next fifty years.

Workshops are ideal for Key stage 2 and Key stage 3. If you are interested in finding out more, or bringing students along to this fun and interactive workshop then please contact

  1. Location

    This event is in the Press Centre

    Plexal Innovation Hub

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