The Enigma Project brings spies and codebreaking to Galway

The highly-acclaimed Enigma Project brings mathematics to life through the fascinating history of codes and code breaking. This exciting project is coming to Galway as part of the 2018 Galway Science Technology Festival, which runs from 11-25 November. The Enigma Project brings you on a journey from ancient times to World War Two and on to today’s world of hacking and internet encryption.

The wonderful British mathematician Dr James Grime will host a series of special events and talks which will include a demonstration of an authentic WWII Enigma machine and will share stories of its associations with Bletchley Park and the British mathematician, and father of computing, Alan Turing.

Codes and code breaking can be used to motivate and inspire pupils in the study of mathematics and will engage all pupils, and all ages. The Enigma Project is a maths project first, but includes a lot of cross-curricula ties such as history, technology, computing, languages and more.

A few of the Enigma Project events will be suitable for second level students ages 10 to 18, some for third level students and another for adults only. Presentations and code breaking workshops will be followed by an introduction to the pioneering research being carried out at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics NUI Galway as well as a guided tour of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland.

The Enigma Project workshops for schools take place from 20-24November 20, 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Tuesday to Friday ) 9am - 12noon and 12.30pm – 3.30pm at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute, NUI Galway, Dangan Business Park. In addition to the workshops, James Grime will give a talk entitled ‘An Evening with Alan Turing’ at NUI Galway at 7.30pm on Wednesday November 21st, suitable for an adult audience. You can also enjoy an Enigma Project Presentation and Workshop on Sunday November 25th at the Fair in NUI Galway at 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm.

Free bookings for individual workshops and talks will open online on Saturday November 17 at 11am.

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