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Summer of Spies workshops continue throughout August

Summer of Spies workshops continue throughout August

This August at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, young secret agents in the making will enter into a world of spies and espionage by taking part in group activities themed around cyber-attacks, spy bots and code challenges. To take part you don’t have to be a qualified spy, as all secret agents training will be given on the day by our undercover professionals from Tablet Academy.

These brand new Summer of Spies technology based workshops give children the chance to develop their ability to use technology in a safe and exciting way. Taking place on Wednesday 9, 16 and 23 August, each workshop has a different and exciting theme. Youngsters can opt to take part in either a ½ day or full day spy session and organisers are encouraging those keen to have a go, to book their place early after this week’s workshop sell out success.

Summer of Spies workshops still to come this August:

9 August: iSpy – Discover a world of Espionage and Cyber Security
Working in groups, participants will work against the clock to stop a simulated cyber-attack in order to intercept and decipher secret messages, analyse evidence and decrypt files to identify the individual behind the attack. (Suitable for children aged 10-14)

16 August: Creating Spy bots for Mi5 Robotics Department
Participants will work with LEGO Mindstorms to build and program their own Spy bots to solve a variety of problems and help James Bond keep Britain safe. Working in teams, participants will explore the Mi5 Experimental Robotics Department programming a range of robotics to complete challenges including an intruder detection system and a communications interceptor device. (Suitable for children aged 8-14)

23 August: Coding 101 – An introduction to coding for Secret Agents
An absolute must for any secret agent…..learn how to create code for virtual environments as well as physical items. Once everyone has understood the basics they will move on to code challenges where groups will race against the clock to crack the code like a top secret agent. During the second workshop, spies will use a range of coding languages to complete Mi5 training missions before earning their badge in the field to solve live scenarios. (Suitable for children aged 8-14)

Numbers to each of the Summer of Spies sessions are limited, so to avoid disappointment, book your place in advance via the Museum’s website www.rafmuseum.org/cosford – £20 per half day or £30 for a full day. All materials will be provided; you just need to come ready to learn!

Plus, everyday throughout August youngsters can take part in a Secret Spy Trail around the Museum’s National Cold War Exhibition. This self-guided spy experience will be running alongside the workshops, where families can search the hangar to find all the answers hidden amongst the aircraft and exhibits on display. After jotting down the answers on their trail sheet, they must then decipher the code to reveal the name of the secret spy. Correct trail entries will be entered into a draw and five lucky winners will win a £20 gift voucher to spend in the RAF Museum Shop. Participation in the Secret Spy Trail is free of charge and trails can be collected from the Visitor Centre on arrival. Trails are suitable for children aged 8 and above, younger children may require assistance to successfully complete the trail.

The Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm and entry is FREE. For more information visit: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.

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