We revisit technology’s past to prepare children for their future, cognitively, intellectually and creatively.
Teaching Electronics and Computing History (TECH) Inc. is an Australian not-for-profit association incorporated in the state of Victoria.
The purposes of the association are to promote awareness and understanding of the fundamentals and history of electronics-based technologies such as computers through various means, including the creation of software, print and web-based materials, the holding of events and exhibitions, acquisition of items of historical significance for restoration and display, and any other activities as deemed appropriate by its members.
To that end we publish Paleotronic Magazine, which features articles on a number of historical topics and the technology behind them from the Moon landing to the invention of Television, various computing architectures and video-game consoles and more, and interviews with tech luminaries such as Apple’s Steve Wozniak and ZX Spectrum designer Richard Altwasser.
We also develop software such as the microM8 3D Apple II emulator, which makes vintage software more accessible to a modern, younger audience. Our mission is to ensure early computing languages, electronic technologies and their histories become a prominent part of K-6 education in Australia
We are also developing a “roadshow” featuring various functional electronic artifacts including computers, video-game consoles, handheld electronic games, audio and video equipment and others to display at conventions, conferences and as temporary exhibits in larger museums. Eventually, we would like to open a permanent public facility in Victoria.
As well, we are developing a video companion program to Paleotronic Magazine and an educational game that uses emulation to teach computer science and programming skills.