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EXHIBITIONS

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Here is a list of exhibitions and miscellaneous activities organized by the crew: (more pictures see here)
Click here for the "Tools and Docs for Workshop leaders"

DATE DESCRIPTION PHOTO
17 July 2016 Branebuurger Maart: Claude Boes, Colette Heirendt and Francis Massen installed a small workshop on "Calculations without electricity": Arabian multiplication, Napier bones and Genaille-Lucas rulers, abacus, sliding rod calculators and a couple of rotary machines were used.
21&22 May 16 "Invitation aux Musées" weekend. Claude Boes, Claude du Fays, Ronny Heinz, Colette Heirendt, Florence Massen, , Francis Massen and Anoul Neven managed this weekend.
Workshops covered Napier bones, Genaille-Lucas rulers, abacus, Logo on vintage BBC Masters. For fun there were some vintage games running on emulators and several original Pong's.
 
11 May 16 The LCD Science Déeg had an attendance of about 200 pupils from neighboring primary schools. See album.
     
19 July 2015 For the third time (after 2001 and 2012) the Computarium participated to the Branebuurger Maart, of which our member Claude du Fays is one of the principal organizers. Colette Heirendt, Claude Baumann and Francis Massen demonstrated during the full day sliding rod calculators, Brunsviga machines, slide rules and abaci. The visitors were shown how to use these machines and often spent quite a lot of time. For the first time we also had a quickly made medieval-type calculating mat, used with nuts instead of pellets or stones (visitors were given a free bag of nuts). The mat at the right shows the number of visitors, and a short album gives more pictures.
16-17 May 2015 Weekend IAM ("Invitation aux Musées") the 16/17 May 2015.
The Computarium joined this country-wide organisation meant to promote the Luxembourg Museums, and which involved all museums of Luxembourg. Among the 6 museums in Diekirch, the Computarium was second for the number of visitors. See album.
06 May 2015 LCD Science Days had again 2 workshops organized by the Computarium crew. Geneviève Harles supervised a workshop on Brunsviga mechanical calculators, and the Claude du Fays crew brought the 11-12 years old children to grasp the fundamentals of calculating with a chinese abacus. As always, older students from the LCD held these workshops. See album and 3 small videos here, here and here. All pictures and videos by C. du Fays.
28-Apr-2014 The Computarium participated with 2 workshops (Logo and Abacus) to the 2014 edition of the LCD Science Days. 6 students from the mathematics section II B introduced 11-12 year old children from primary schools to notions of Abacus calculation and Logo Turtle Graphics programming. The Logo programming was made on vintage BBC Master computers from 1987.
See album.
03-Apr-2014 Afternoon workshop for a group of 10 children from the Luxembourg section of MENSA.
After a visit of the various parts of the Computarium, Colette Heirendt, Anouk Neven and Francis Massen presented 3 workshops tailored to the different age groups (Abacus, Napier Bones and Brunsviga calculators). The visit finished with a good humored vintage gaming session.
13-Jun-2013 Workshop for the IIIe B students of the mathematical section of the LCD (prof. Geneviève Harles). These 17 to 18 years old students were divided into 2 groups of approx. 11, and each group had a short guided tour. The major part of the workshop were hands-on exercises with pin-wheel calculating machines (mostly Brunsviga RK13). We covered the 4 operations and even Toeppler's method for calculating the square-root.
Click here for a second picture.
08-Jun-2013 Workshop for the Maison Relais Tandel.
A group of five K10-K12 children from the "maison relais", together with their coach Vanessa HANCK spent two hours in the Computarium. They learned how to use a sliding rod and a pin-wheel calculator and finished off by playing some vintage games on historic equipment..
17-May-2013 LCD Science Deeg 2013
(LCD Science Days)
The Computarium joined this yearly science day with two workshops on abacus and sliding rod calculation. The approx. 20 different workshops are given by LCD students to about 200 K11 children (in their last year of primary school). Two groups of students of the mathematical section (class III B) did their "Computarium" job admirably well, after an afternoon training and briefing session by C. du Fays, G. Harles and F. Massen.

See album (photos by G. Harles, F. Massen and D. Pick)

02-May-2013 Visit at the POLYtechnologie exhibition of the University of Mons (Belgium) telling the history of the achievements by scientists and engineers. The Computarium made a modest contribution by lending out several vintage machines. See album (pictures by G. Libert et C. Heirendt)
15-Jul-2012 14th Branebuurger Maart 2012

The Computarium participated to this regional event for the second time. We had an exhibition of working vintage video games (Pong, Atari2600 and Philips Videopac G7000) and 6 laptops running games in emulations of old personal computers.

Jean-Claude Krack helped making the transportation to Branebuurg and mounting the exhibition. Next day Pol Eyschen, Geneviève Harles, Colette Heirendt, Liz Hertz, Marcel Kramer, Jerry Lambert, Francis Massen and Luc Ohles did the workshops and helped dismounting all the stuff.

See album.(photos: G. Harles and F. Massen)

25-Apr-2012 LCD Science Deeg 2012
(LCD Science Days)

The Computarium participated this year with 2 workshops to this big organization, where over 200 children from K11 classes of Ettelbruck, Diekirch and some close-by primary schools spent either the morning or the afternoon in the large hall of the LCD. 20 workshops were held by the LCD students. The first Computarium workshop was about historic games running on emulations of vintage computers; the 2nd one was about games running on real live historic hardware: a Superelectron PONG, two Atari 2600 and one Philips G7000 (all machines from 1997-78).

Liz HERTZ, Patrick HOLSTEIN, Kim Lin NGUYEN and Jerry LAMBERT managed the workshops. Geneviève Harles, Jean-Claude Krack, Marcel Kramer and Francis Massen from the Computarium crew helped out.

See album

25-Nov-2011 Pol Eyschen (IIIe B2) and Liz Hertz (IIe B2) held the "RetroComputing" workshop prepared for the Science Festival once again, this time at the Computarium at the LCD, for 10 students and 3 teachers from Kijimadaira Junior High School (Nagano prefecture, Japan). Our Japanese guests have not only enjoyed the workshop itself, but have also been impressed by the large exhibition of computers at the Computarium and have, above all, greatly appreciated the excellent performance of Pol and Liz.

Photo2, Photo3, Photo4

10-13 Nov 2011 Science Festival in Luxembourg, Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle and Abbaye Neumünster.

11 Computarium members, 2 LCD students, one former LCD student and 4 members of the technical LCD staff made up the crew that managed our participation to this big event:

Team 1:
Baumann Claude, du Fays Claude, Eyschen Pol, Harles Geneviève, Heinz Ronny, Heirendt Colette, Kahn Nico, Krack Jean-Claude, Kramer Marcel, Massen Florence and Massen Francis

Team 2:
Hertz Liz, Nguyen Kim Lien and Ohles Luc

Team 3:
Dimola Angelo, Max, Schreiner Frank and Weber Guy

It was heavy work, paid off by a big attendance: about 120 pupils during the first 2 days with 10 workshops, and about 500 visitors during the last 2 days open for the general public. The emulated games as well as the real vintage machines gathered large crowds, and the enthusiasm of the parents and elders was not smaller than that of the younger!.
 

Preliminary album! (64 pictures)
(Photos by Claude Baumann (image....), Claude du Fays (SF 111...), Geneviève Harles (tn...) and Francis Massen (all others)

 

 
17 Jul 2011


13th Branebuurger Maart

The Computarium participated to this cultural event (main organizer is our member Claude du Fays) with a small workshop/exhibition of mechanical devices (sliding rod  calculators, pin wheel machines, printing adders) "Gerechens duerch d'Zäit" (Calculating through times). It was quite a success, with close to 140 visitors. 

Liz Hertz and Kim Lien Nguyen from the 2e B of the LCD and C. Heirendt, C. Baumann and F. Massen from the Computarium crew managed the event.

See album.
04 May 2011 LCD Science Deeg at the Lycée Classique de Diekirch. The Computarium participated with 3 workshops (rotary and sliding rod calculators, chinese abacus) to this Science Fair organized for the children of the last year of primary school (K12). What was special at this happening was that our 10 LCD students were on their own to manage the workshops, what they did with great enthusiasm and skill. 

This Science Fair was the brain child of our member Marcel Kramer, who was the main manager of the complicated organization. 15 workshops (among them 3 of the Computarium) covering all aspects of science allowed easy  hands-on experiences. P. Eyschen, G. Harles, M. Kramer, J-Cl. Krack and F. Massen from the Computarium crew were on place, guiding things discretely from the background. The LCD students were:
Schamer Vic, Raposo Gil, Miller Anne, Dupont Betty, Lambert Gerry, Eyschen Pol, Holstein Patrick, Nguyen Thi, Herz Liz, Oly France, Dassesse Kate.
More pictures in this album! (Photos by F. Massen)

24 Sep 2010


Researcher's Night at Luxembourg City.
The Computarium had a booth with 4 workshops during the Researcher's Night organized by the FNR (Fonds National de la Recherche) in Luxembourg City. On the prestigious Knuedler place a vast area hold 2 large tents with a lot of boots. Most were occupied by members or departments of the University of Luxembourg or foreign universities, the CRP's (Public Research Centers) or some private companies. We were the only secondary school among these folks.
Our team of 10 had a big success, with an estimated 250 visitors for one or several of the workshops running under the title "Calculs Zéro Ampère" (translation: "calculating without electricity"): Abacus, Napier Bones, Sliding Rod Calculators and Rotary Calculators.

Team members from left to right:
Julien MEYER, Claude du FAYS, Anouk NEVEN,
Pol EYSCHEN, Geneviève HARLES, Colette HEIRENDT, Marcel KRAMER, Francis MASSEN, Marc LAVINA.
(Traditional helpers Ronny HEINZ and Florence MASSEN are not on this group picture).
 

More pictures in this album!

(most pictures by Colette Heirendt and Pol Eyschen)

19 Jun 2010 Journée des Anciens du LCD
More than 200 former students of the Lycée classique de Diekirch met at the LCD.

The Computarium organized three mini-workshops (Napier Bones, rotary machines and sliding rod calculators) and commented guide tours.
22-23 May 2010


VINTAGE DAYS organized by the town of Diekirch. The Computarium showed its exhibition and held 6 workshops in the LCD: Napier Bones, printing adders, elctromechanical and rotary calculators, slide rules, abacus and sliding rod calculators. See album!
02 Feb 2010 Workshop TALENTA at the LCD, dept. of mathematics.
A group of 21 students from all ages participated in a workshop on slide rules (presented by Marc Lavina) and Napier Bones (presented by Geneviève Harles and Francis Massen). The workshop closed with a competition at various difficulty levels, involving calculations to be done with the slide-rule and the Napier bones.

16 May 2009 Workshop at Hall 1 of Luxinnovation and for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation.
We were a crew of 9 persons (6 from Computarium: Baumann C., du Fays C., Krack J-Cl., Lanners C., Heirendt C., Massen F.), 2 former students of the LCD (Neven A., Meyer J.) and one actual student of the LCD (Ohles L.). Contrary to our uneasy expectations, this was rather a good success: we had many visitors from 10:30 to 18:30, among them many VIP's (like minister François Biltgen and M. Raymond Bausch, secretary general of the FNR). The "Abacus department" of Claude du Fays was running without interruption, and the Napier Bones and Sliding Rod Calculators also had many interested visitors. Most visitors stayed quite a lot of time, which is very unusual for a cultural event embedded in a consumer exhibition.
Click on album!
Photographers: Jean-Claude Krack (page 1) and Claude Baumann (page 2)



Picture shows youngest visitor being introduced to Napier bones calculation! (photo: JCl. Krack)

 

Jun 14-Jul 04,2008 Pico-Expo in two windows of the Syndicat d'Initiative de Diekirch.
Left window holds some mechanical devices (including the beautiful Tim Unitas at the bottom), right portables (Kaypro4 and Epson HX20) and some pocket calculators (HP35, TI59, Sinclair Cambridge Scientific etc.).


Sep 22-23, 2007 Cirque des Sciences
Workshop "Calculs à l'ancienne"
The Cirque des Sciences was a very big organisation held for the event "Luxembourg, cultural capital of Europe, 2007" at the breathtaking  Neumünster site in Luxembourg. Our workshop (there were many others) showed old calculating devices, from Napier bones, slide rules, abaci, sliding and printing adders to rotary calculators and heavy electromechanical machinery.
Preliminary album ( Photos F. Massen) and definitive album (photos J. Mootz).

A slide show with pictures of all the other workshops can be found here

Jan. 2007 Vintage microcomputers
Exhibition of vintage personal computers, held in Steinfort for the 20th anniversary of the MCCL (Master Computer Club Luxembourg) .
Apr. 2006 Calculs à l'ancienne
Atelier on mechanical calculators held at the LTEtt, a lycée in Ettelbruck, for their C-Days .
Dec. 2005 Calculatrices et Ordinateurs d'Antan
Subset of the exhibition held at the LTAM, a lycée in Luxembourg
Nov. 2005 Calculatrices et Ordinateurs d'Antan
Same exhibition, heavily modified, held in a big mall at Luxembourg (Centre Commercial La Concorde)
May-July 2005 Calculatrices et Ordinateurs d'Antan
This was the first exhibition made for the 175th anniversary of the LCD; held at Diekirch in the LCD

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