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Celebrating 10 years of GCHQ at Cheltenham Science Festival

Last Updated: 02 Jun 2014
GCHQ has been a proud participant at Cheltenham Science Festival since 2004.

News article - 2 Jun 2014

As Cheltenham residents ourselves, we look forward to participating in the  Science Festival each year. It is a great opportunity to engage with the local community, and to inspire school children to think about a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Our dedicated group of volunteers at this year's Festival, which took place from 3 - 8 June, including current and former industrial year students and apprentices have been busy designing and building exciting and entertaining interactive games with a twist of GCHQ about them. This year our exhibits included:

  • Cryptoy: enter a world of secret messages and codebreaking with the Cryptoy app.
  • Grid Defender: Race against your opponent to stop a cyber attack on the electricity network
  • Electric fruit: an interactive experiment showing how our bodies interact electrically with the objects around us.
  • Dextabot the robotic arm: a series of infra-red cameras track, in incredible detail, hand and arm movements allowing control of a 3D printed robotic arm as if it were your own limb.
  • SmartSafe: Solve a set of puzzles to open the safe and win a prize.
  • Physics of communicating: an interactive demonstration of WWI wireless communications through the ground

We look forward to seeing you at our stand next year.  


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