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Bletchley Park Trust to fund educational officer for primary school ciphers

Children are the future
Wed May 21 2014, 17:15

CODE CRACKING INSTITUTION Bletchley Park has come up with the cash to fund a third educational officer to help children.

Kids, we all know, are the future, and let's be sure that encryption and security will be as much a part of their lives as sports, kiss chase, and embarrassing talks with their family. Bletchley said that it presently pulls in around 8,000 schoolkids a year and is very interested in doubling that.

The soon to be hired third man or woman will be charged with inspiring primary school children, the disadvantaged and special needs students. The park said that it can fund this for three years.

Youngsters get a good experience, according to the Bletchley Park's website, and we can confirm that there is a toy museum there. There is also a very good opportunity to learn about the work of Bletchley Park and cypher pioneer and legend Alan Turing.

"What was done at Bletchley Park by Alan Turing and others is of huge importance... One part of Bletchley Park's mission is to use the achievements of the Codebreakers to stimulate school students and complement the formal STEM curriculum in an interesting and relevant way.

"The education team at Bletchley has been hugely successful in this. In fact, so successful that the schools programme has been sold out many months in advance for the last few years," said Sir John Dermot Turing, Bletchley Park Trustee.

"All this is why the Turing family has been very pleased to support the creation of a new post in the Education Department at Bletchley Park, called the Turing Education Officer. We think this is a very fitting tribute to Alan Turing's contribution here at Bletchley and something which we hope he would himself have been keen to support." µ


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