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£20,000 donation gives pupils insight at Cambridge Centre for Computing History





Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History has thanked Citrix for a £20,000 donation which has helped nearly 9,000 children from 224 schools to experience a unique learning journey at Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History.

The donation by the digital workspace solutions ​provider​​ based on Cambridge Science Park has allowed the centre to offer discounted school visit rates, allowing thousands of students to explore the past, present, and future of computing, including Cambridge’s influential role in this amazing story.

A school visit to Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History
A school visit to Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History

Through interactive exhibits such as the giant Megaprocessor, historical displays, and hands-on coding and electronics workshops, students have gained a deeper understanding of computing's evolution and its impact on all our lives, while inspiring them to consider diverse careers in technology.

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact our donation has had on enriching the educational experiences of thousands of children at the Centre for Computing History,” said Mark Sweeney, area vice president of sales, Citrix, a business unit of Cloud Software Group. “We believe in the power of technology to help empower and enrich people’s lives, and we’re proud to play a part in shaping the future generation’s passion for innovation.”

The Centre for Computing History has thanked Citrix for its ongoing support
The Centre for Computing History has thanked Citrix for its ongoing support

Lisa McGerty, CEO of the Centre for Computing History, said she is “deeply grateful for Citrix’s support” since 2017 and added: “Their generosity has helped us address the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent cost of living crisis.

“Our discounted school visits have equipped thousands of young people, from a wide range of backgrounds, with a broader understanding of our technological past and valuable skills for the future.

Queen Emma Primary visit Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History
Queen Emma Primary visit Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History

“Citrix’s partnership has been instrumental in our mission to inspire the next generation of innovators.”

The Centre for Computing History is a pioneering educational charity that opened at Rene Court on Coldhams Road in August 2013. The Centre helps people understand how tech has shaped the modern world and revolutionised the way we live, work and play through interactive displays and exhibitions, a schools programme, learning events and workshops, and an astonishing collection of computing-related artefacts.

Schools visit Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History thanks to a donation
Schools visit Cambridge’s Centre for Computing History thanks to a donation

“The centre is committed to providing unique learning experiences for students, fostering technological literacy,” concluded Lisa.

“We are now seeking further corporate support so we can sustain these school discounts and continue to inspire future generations of STEM leaders.”

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