GCHQ run Cyber Event at All Saints? Academy

Posted: 4th July 2016

All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham were given the opportunity to be part of and host a "Cyber Adventure Project" in collaboration with GCHQ.

CyberFirst Adventurers is a local schools initative aiming to give young children an exciting introduction in the world of Cyber Security.

CyberFirst is a government and industry-backed scheme to identify talented young people considering a future career in Cyber Security. They intend to promote careers in Cyber Security and successful candidates will get to work in challenging technical roles to protect the UK.

The event took place on the 1st and 4th of July and involved twelve year 8 students from All Saints’ who are gifted and talented in Computing and Maths.  Students from Churchdown School Academy and Winchcombe School were invited to send 12 students each to make a group of 36 students for the two days.  IT training provider QA delivered the sessions, which involved the students building their own robots using a ‘Rasberry Pi’. Students worked in groups of four, with at least one student from each school in.

The students learnt about coding and building a robot. At the end of the two day session they were able to control the robots by sending commands that they had scripted from a console.

Borys Bilak from All Saints’ Academy said ‘I enjoyed the programming and building the robot’.

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