The Queen sets code-breaking challenge
Written by Sue Gee   
Sunday, 17 July 2011

Queen Elizabeth II has made her first ever visit to Bletchley Park, the home of the UK's World War II code-breaking efforts, and to mark the occasion has issued a code cracking challenge to school children.

 

Bletchley Park, in Buckinghamshire, UK, received a royal visit on July 15 at which Queen Elizabeth II dedicated a memorial to the men and women who served at this site and its Outstations during World War II.  

Her Majesty The Queen dedicates the new memorial

(Photo reproduced courtesy of Milton Keynes Today, from a slideshow Her Majesty's Visit to Bletchley Park)

 

A video of her visit can also be seen below (includes a short ad which we cannot remove):

        

 

It was The Queen's first ever visit to home and workplace of the men and women whose code-breaking efforts were a vital contribution to the allied war effort. The Royal Party was shown some of the restoration projects which have taken place at Bletchley Park to rebuild the machines which assisted with the wartime decryption of enemy codes. These included the Turing Bombe, an electromechanical device devised by Alan Turing to help decipher encrypted signals, and Colossus, the world's first electronic computer.

 

bombe-3-rotor

Turing Bombe

 

To mark the occasion The Queen has issued a code cracking challenge to school children. There are six messages to be decoded using the Code Book provided. There is also a seventh message just for those aged between 13 and 16 living in the UK. One correct entry selected at random by the deadline of August 18 will receive a small prize.

 

queenscode

 

Visit The Queen's Code Book Challenge for details of this competition and to download the Code Book (pdf format).

 

Further reading:

Cryptography and codes

If you would like to be informed about new articles on I Programmer you can either follow us on Twitter or Facebook or you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

 

Banner


Google I/O 2014 Site Launches
27/03/2014

We already know the dates and venue for Google I/O 2014 - it will take place June 25-26 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Now that the event's website has opened there's some more information - b [ ... ]



Festo's BionicKangaroo
05/04/2014

Festo is renowned for building amazing robotics platforms that are based on nature and the latest, a hopping kangaroo that is controlled by gesture, is another masterpiece of engineering.


More News

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 July 2011 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2014 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.