Colleges and Higher Education
At Bletchley Park we offer a variety of facilitated workshops for school groups with specific focus on history, mathematics and computing. Each workshop is 60 minutes in duration and is designed to be engaging, hands-on and challenging for students of all abilities.
Codes and Ciphers
This workshop will explore encryption techniques that have been used throughout history. Students will tackle complex processes and be introduced to mathematical techniques, such as modular arithmetic and binary addition, in order to solve a codebreaking challenge. They will also have the unique opportunity to see a genuine Enigma machine and will be able to describe its design and role in WW2.
Interception to Intelligence: Land and Sea
In this interactive workshop students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s influence and role during WW2.
Participating in immersive activities students will be challenged to think strategically and help secure Britain’s success in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Mathematics of Enigma
Students will use their understanding of mathematics to calculate the number of possible settings for an Enigma cipher machine. The aim of workshop is for students to grasp the magnitude of the task that faced Bletchley Park’s Codebreakers. Students will also have the unique opportunity to see a genuine Enigma machine and will be able to describe its design and role in WW2.
Through interactive activities and hands-on demonstrations students will examine how Bletchley Park’s Codebreakers exploited vulnerabilities and basic breaches of protocol to break encrypted messages. Students will also develop an understanding of how these techniques are still relevant in today’s connected world.