Before the invention of laptops and tablets, using technology to learn meant visiting your school’s computer lab.
From modern computing’s early beginnings in the 1930s to the rise of the personal computer in the 1980s, a lot has changed over the decades. Now, digital devices are smaller and more portable — which makes them easy to take for granted.
Keep scrolling to see 12 vintage photos of computer labs that will make you realize how different school is today.
In 1930, an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed the first modern analog computer.
Vannevar Bush, an MIT engineer, invented a device called a „differential analyzer,“ an analog calculator that could solve various types of differential equations.
Early „computer labs“ were rooms that housed these large analog devices.
Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering use a calculating machine. Comprising 75,000 parts, the apparatus weighed three tons.
The world’s first general-purpose electronic computer was also developed at the Moore School of Engineering.
Invented by engineers at Moore, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was built between 1943 and 1945. The ENIAC consisted of 40 panels, stretching across Moore’s 50-by-30-foot basement.
It was built with $400,000 of government funding and was originally designed to help the US win World War II.
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