Bletchley Park - Computing Rewards Trip

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Bletchley Park - Computing Rewards Trip

Monday, 15 July 2019

The early start didn't bother 41 students in Key Stage 3 from enjoying the reward trip to The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park on Monday, 15 July.

By 11.00am, our host Rob was teaching us about computing devices through the ages, by playing "guess what this is". 

Everyone had a chance to feel like a student of the 80s, in the BBC Micro room. Trip leader Mr Harrison felt right at home, as the students all coded a Snake game or a Rocket Launcher program in "BBC BASIC" just like he did back in the day!  Of course there were all the 1980s home computers to play with (any parents remember the Spectrum or Commodore 64?) and lots of retro games consoles such as the SNES and Sega Megadrive where Sonic the Hedgehog was born.

But on the day that Alan Turing was announced as the face of the 50-pound note, the trip would not be complete without seeing his code-breaking machines in action. One photograph shows we are at The Bombe, basically an automated bank of 36 Enigma machines, being explained by our guide Phil.  

We finished the day having a conversation with a "chatbot" and discussing whether artificial intelligence is a good thing. 

All enjoyed the trip and represented the school impeccably. Same time next year please, TNMOC.  

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