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Imitation Game inspires ACS Cobham Computer Science students

Published Tuesday 18th of October 2016 11:12:16 AM

Computer science students from ACS Cobham recently visited Bletchley Park to explore the history and development of information technology, including the famous Enigma code breaking Turing Bombe. During the visit to Bletchley Park, the home of British code breaking and birthplace of modern computing, the 15 to 17-year-olds took part in an interactive workshop to debate different methods of coding and demonstrate their computer skills. Students were also able to see a genuine Enigma machine, used by the Nazis during World War II to encode military communications. The workshop leader gave a demonstration of the machine in action, and students could handle it themselves to consider its significance and complex technological features, and compare it to our technology today. A Turing Bombe, which is at the core of the recent box-office hit ‘The Imitation Game’, was also presented to students, who were able to discover more about the machine developed to break the Enigma code. To conclude the visit, the Cobham students were given a guided tour to discover the history of Bletchley Park, which has been restored to its World War II appearance. Ann Menzies, Head of Computer Science at ACS Cobham, commented: “The visit to Bletchley Park was a great success. It gave the students a chance to see just how far today’s computers have developed and the magnitude of the challenges faced by the pioneers during World War II.”
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