Team D won the R.I.S.E. challenge and they celebrated in style.
There’s nothing like a day out to celebrate winning a competition. So, as a reward for winning the R.I.S.E. challenge, team D went on a day trip to the the original codebreakers HQ: Bletchley Park.
Bletchley Park, for those of you that don’t know, is a heritage site in the U.K. It boasts iconic WW2 codebreaking huts and blocks, as well as a wealth of information on the code breaking machines and the work-life of the average worker. Interestingly, Bletchley Park say that the work of the codebreakers helped shorten the war by two years!
This is what the Team D members thought about their visit:
The fact that it was kept a secret for so long and how the workers coped in that environment for so long. It all was completely fascinating.
“The people at Bletchley Park were hugely important in creating computing as we know it today but even after the ban on speaking about their activities was lifted they are still largely unsung heroes.” – That’s certainly the most striking thing I took away from it.
I found out that the enigma machine not only had multiple cogs that could be switched in and out, but also that in the military edition there was a switch board system on the front that further complicated the system.
Below are some photos from the outing. It definitely looks like they were having fun:
So, that’s it for the R.I.S.E. challenge. Will there be another R.I.S.E. challenge?
Your turn. Have you been to Bletchley Park? What did you find fascinating? Let us know. Leave a comment below.