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Inspiring the next generation at the Royal International Air Tattoo

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2016
GCHQ attends the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, 8-10 July 2016.

News article - 13 July 2016

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is over for another year, and our stand in the Techno Zone attracted a huge number of visitors over the three days, with the Air Tattoo itself attracting around 153,000 people.   The Techno Zone was bigger than ever before and a wide range of interactive displays helped bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life, aiming to inspire our scientists and engineers of the future.  


The GCHQ stand at RIAT 2016
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Around 28 companies and organisations took part in the Techno Zone this year and we took along a selection of interactive games; as ever these attracted queues of budding scientists waiting to have a go on the Virtual Reality Robot Maze, or trying to defend the network against hackers as part of the ‘Cyber Squad’,  testing maths and logic skills on  ‘Packet Matrix’  or memory skills on ‘Commander’. Around 5000 primary school pupils visited the Techno Zone throughout the day on  the Friday, which kept all the contributors extremely busy!


Blue Robot
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Our robot, usually confined to our Virtual Reality Maze, even managed to escape to explore RIAT.  Look at where we found him!


Our Mirror Maze robot vitually on Mars
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For our volunteers it was an exciting event, both in terms of amazing aircraft and cutting-edge technology as well as an opportunity to inspire a passion for science and innovation among our young people.