The spectacular Bletchley Park Maze which disappeared at the beginning of World War II has been recreated digitally for visitors to explore at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park over Easter.
Searching the maze for Easter eggs is just one element of the digital fun, games and competitions for the whole family at the Easter Bytes Festival running every afternoon from April 10-21.
Visitors can build LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robots, use the SketchBot sand table robot to draw their face in the sand, create computer music, have fun with computing electronics using the credit-card sized Raspberry Pi, play vintage computer games and on Easter Sunday even get to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Chris Monk, Learning Co-ordinator at TNMOC, has been working hard on recreating the Bletchley Park Maze and secreting away some virtual Easter eggs. He said: “We have recreated the maze onscreen with a code-breaking twist. Eggs are hidden throughout the maze and when a visitor finds one they get a clue of three letters – three letters of a Caesar cipher! Negotiate the maze, find the eggs, crack the code, rather than the eggs, and win a prize! It’s not easy, but it’s been tried and tested by visiting educational groups. Now the public can have a go!”
Anyone aged 12 or under gets in free and an adult’s entrance fee is £5 (concessions £2.50). As well as taking part in the many activities, visitors can see working machines from every decade of computing.