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Inters Trip to the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park

11th June 2018

The Inters enjoyed a fascinating day at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  Their first task was to identify different pieces of technology which were considered cutting edge for their time.  Much amusement was had at the idea of a ‘mobile’ that they could barely lift and that could only send and receive calls! Then given a tricky cipher to decode they busily set about in teams using cipher wheels trying to crack the message.  ‘Impossible!’,  ‘Where do we start?’; it was hard work!  This gave them a taster of what it would have been like to have worked at Bletchley Park and gave them some appreciation of the impact that Colossus had on the war effort.

The girls took a trip through computing time and were amazed by how ‘big’ everything was but so too how ‘little’ data it held!  Fun was had playing games such as Crash Bandicoot, Supermario  and Space Invaders and then they had a chance to complete a Turin Challenge and write their own Snake game on BBC micros.

‘I loved seeing all the old computers and how they developed over time’ (Izzy)

‘I found both workshops really fun when we wrote the code’ (Jasmine)

‘I found that the difference in the size of the machines was really interesting  – especially the calculators’  (Lily)

‘I loved seeing Colossus – it is so interesting but so big, it is almost overwhelming’ (Azahara)

‘I loved the machine that printed out the code’ (Natalie)

‘I loved I could play an old version of Mario and could compare it to the new!’ (Leony)

‘I really liked looking at the machines used to crack codes – really interesting’ (Mabel)

 

We look forward to make a return visit next year.

The Inters enjoyed a fascinating day at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  Their first task was to identify different pieces of technology which were considered cutting edge for their time.  Much amusement was had at the idea of a ‘mobile’ that they could barely lift and that could only send and receive calls! Then given a tricky cipher to decode they busily set about in teams using cipher wheels trying to crack the message.  ‘Impossible!’,  ‘Where do we start?’; it was hard work!  This gave them a taster of what it would have been like to have worked at Bletchley Park and gave them some appreciation of the impact that Colossus had on the war effort.

The girls took a trip through computing time and were amazed by how ‘big’ everything was but so too how ‘little’ data it held!  Fun was had playing games such as Crash Bandicoot, Supermario  and Space Invaders and then they had a chance to complete a Turin Challenge and write their own Snake game on BBC micros.

‘I loved seeing all the old computers and how they developed over time’ (Izzy)

‘I found both workshops really fun when we wrote the code’ (Jasmine)

‘I found that the difference in the size of the machines was really interesting  – especially the calculators’  (Lily)

‘I loved seeing Colossus – it is so interesting but so big, it is almost overwhelming’ (Azahara)

‘I loved the machine that printed out the code’ (Natalie)

‘I loved I could play an old version of Mario and could compare it to the new!’ (Leony)

‘I really liked looking at the machines used to crack codes – really interesting’ (Mabel)

 

We look forward to make a return visit next year.