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Inspiring the next generation at the Royal International Air Tattoo 14-16 July

GCHQ flies the flag at RIAT 2017.

News article - 20 Jul 2017

It was great to be back at RIAT at RAF Fairford this year, and we welcomed thousands of visitors to our stand in the Techno Zone over the three days. HRH The Duke of Gloucester, and Sir Michael Fallon the Secretary of State for Defence, stopped by to meet the GCHQ team and take a look at our interactive games. 

Our games were as popular as ever, with queues of people eager to test their maths and memory skills on our 'Vault' and  'Commander' games. Our new 'Crypto Cluster' game designed by this year's industrial placement students proved to be a big hit with the visitors too.


The student is pressing buttons in hopefully the correct sequence!
A student playing our Commander game at RIAT 2017. ©GCHQ 2017


For the first time, we had a stand on the Innovation Trail where around 5000 school children visited nine stands throughout the day to answer a question and collect a stamp about the technology on display to earn their 'wings'. At the GCHQ stand they had to decrypt the name of the famous code-breaker who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII using the shift cipher on our Cryptoy app


Our staff giving out small prizes when the children solved the puzzle. There's a huge crowd of kids!
The GCHQ tent on the Innovation Trail at RIAT 2017. ©GCHQ 2017


It was great to be part of this brilliant air show, promote STEM subjects, and talk to young people about career opportunities.


Crowds of people walking around large aircraft
There was lots to see and do at RIAT 2017. ©GCHQ 2017


Small Spitfire and Hurricane fighters flank the large Lancaster bomber
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RIAT 2017. ©GCHQ 2017


Nine planes flying in a diamond formation (3x3)
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (the Red Arrows) at RIAT 2017. ©GCHQ 2017