C5 Alliance, the largest provider of technology solutions in the Channel Islands, has sponsored a school trip to Bletchley Park for Guernsey ICT students.
28 St Sampson’s High School students, all new generation technologists, will visit The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, on 12 July.
Bletchley Park was the central site that regularly penetrated the secret communications between Hitler and his generals in World War II. Often cited as the father of modern computer science, Alan Turing worked from Bletchley Park and was the individual whose code breaking skills significantly shortened the war. In 2014, C5 Alliance renamed their headquarters Turing House in his honour.
The educational day includes guided tours across Block H – one of the original huts in Bletchley Park and a visit to The National Museum of Computing that is on the same site. The tours showcase the world’s oldest original working computer and Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer, and aims to educate the students in modern world history, computing and mathematics.
C5 Alliance Guernsey managing director, Marc Lainé said: “This is exactly the sort of initiative which C5 Alliance is delighted to help fund, as it combines with our aims to support education in computer related studies; we see it as a way of inspiring the next generation of computer science students.
“It’s vital for the social and economic well-being of Guernsey, that we seize the imagination of young people and encourage them to take up studies and careers in digital and computer related fields to ensure Guernsey has the skills it must have to prosper.”
St Sampson’s High School head of ICT, Paul Beasley, said: “With C5 Alliance’s support we are able to take our students for a full educational day at Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing. This trip will no doubt spark the student’s interests further as they learn about the history behind today’s modern technology and how it impacted in World War II.”