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Year 9 Trip to The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park

For the second year running the Computing Department has successfully run a trip to the National Museum of Computing. The students had some fantastic opportunities to step back in time and see just how far technology has come. Below is what our students had to say about the day.

Amber Donachie, Teacher of ICT and Computer Science

On Wednesday 21st February, Year 9 ICT and Computer Science students had the chance to visit the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. It was a great day. We split off into 3 groups, where in the morning we learnt about the Colossus, a huge computer the same size as a room, used in WW2. Nazi code in WW2 was enciphered and sent around. In Britain, a secret computer called the Colossus was being built, where a very complex deciphering process was taking place, on the Colossus computers.

After this, we learnt about the WITCH, the oldest working digital computer in the world. It ran programs on punched tape, which enabled it to calculate maths questions like 3.3333*3.3333 at very slow speeds.

Then, we played some old video games on original games consoles such as NES, Sega Mega Drive, BBC Micro and Sinclair computers, which was great fun. We ended the day by coding some AI (artificial intelligence) loosely based around the turning test, which answered questions with answers we had personally chosen, and coding ‘Snake’ onto BBC School Computers from the 1980s, which we particularly enjoyed.

All in all it was a great day.

Tim Millard (9EAHY) & David Willis (9EPGN)

Posted: 2018-03-07 10:38:33
Last Edited: 2018-03-13 14:57:40