Enigma Outreach

Bletchley Park Trust

At the heart of an Enigma Outreach visit from Bletchley Park is a real, working World War II Enigma machine!

A standard Enigma Outreach visit sees a one-hour workshop on Codes and Ciphers being repeated to a number of class-sized groups throughout the day. This workshop takes students on a whistlestop tour of codes and ciphers throughout history, giving them the knowledge and understanding required to really get to grips with the iconic Enigma machine.

And get to grips with it they will, as (dependent on numbers) students will have an opportunity to interact with a real Enigma machine, learning how to encrypt and decrypt messages with it.

Other formats, sessions, and activities are available, including team challenges, Masterclasses, assemblies and talks - this is just one example of how your day might run.  Please get in touch to discuss your requirements!

Bookings must be made at least three months in advance, and discounts are available when booking multiple visits on consecutive dates in the same area. There is funding available for a limited number of free visits to qualifying schools.

Expected outcomes

Depending on which session(s) your students take part in, they may expect to:

  • Develop their understanding of codes and ciphers
  • Build their appreciation of mathematics within a historical context
  • Learn about Bletchley Park's history and its importance to the outcome of World War II
  • Gain an insight into the Enigma machine, how it works, and its relevance
  • Explore some of the parallels between Bletchley Park's story and our modern concerns with data security and online safety.
To book this activity, please contact:
Thomas Briggs

Bletchley Park Trust, The Mansion
Bletchley Park
MK3 6EB Bletchley Milton Keynes

The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.

Grants for school

The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.

There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.

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