On Monday, 3rd February 2017 a group of seven Year 9 pupils visited the IBM House in Hursley for a Blue Fusion Event Day. The day started with an introductory talk from staff at IBM and what they do as a job.
Then our pupils moved onto the IoT workshop – The Internet of Things. In the IoT workshop they had a look at signals that come from space, weather based LED lighting, automatic sensors and turntables which do things where you move about. After the IoT workshop they coded a Raspberry Pi to LED display a tweet they sent it. They programmed it to change colour and added a password. After lunch, they headed to the IBM Security Department where they had a talk from the IBM Security Team. During this a phone call was made by Blue Fusion Bank (this was set up) about their system being hacked. Our pupils then had to do lots of research and activities to find out the cause and be interviewed from a fake news channel where they had to report their findings.
Overall, it was a great and enjoyable day. The pupils would like to thank Mr Holmes for organising the trip and IBM for creating such a great day.