IBM Blue Fusion – a report by Holly Harvey
On 10 February six Year 10 girls went to IBM in Winchester for their ‘Blue Fusion’ event, which was attended by over 360 pupils from 60 schools. The day was mainly about overcoming problems using technology and teamwork and included a number of different activities in friendly competition with other schools.
Some of the activities included a ‘pi maze’ (using coding to navigate a robot built from a Raspberry Pi around a maze) and Twitter drones (using the ‘internet of things’ to send tweets as directions to a drone to send it around a course).
We all really enjoyed this trip because it was exciting to try new things and work as a team to complete tasks which were outside our comfort zone. The highlight of the trip was definitely the Hackberry activity. We had to wire six card scanners to find out six codes held on the cards, then discover a combination of the codes to find a password on a computer. We then had to search through files, which were named with clues and red herrings. The first team to find the password and open the safe won. The activity concluded with a mad dash to the safe and ended in a draw.
Our team really benefited from the trip because it taught us a lot of new skills and I discovered things I never knew about the history of computer science. Overall I think this was a great day full of learning and exciting experiences.