Hands-on workshops focus on communications technology at the Antique Wireless Museum
BLOOMFIELD, NY — It may surprise many kids to learn their parents could not text messages to their friends when they went to school. In fact, their phones were not smart and stayed at home, connected by a wire to the wall with limited room to move around. Their grandparents may even have had a party line shared with neighbors who listened in on each other.
The fascinating story of how communications technology evolved from messaging in code over wires via telegraph to having hand-held wireless computers in the form of smartphones may be discovered in a new series of hands-on workshops offered for people ages 10-19 at the Antique Wireless Museum in Bloomfield, beginning Sept. 9.
Noting how schools are focusing more on science, technology, engineering and math for 21st century students, Bob Hobday, deputy director of the Antique Wireless Association, got the idea to relate STEM learning to the focus of the museum.