People have used codes and ciphers to send secret messages for thousands of years. Today, cryptographers play a critical role in escape rooms, cybersecurity and many other areas. In this class, students will explore many types of codes and techniques, including cipher wheels, the Caesar shift, the Vigenère cipher, and keyword ciphers, and apply these concepts through encrypting and decrypting their own secret messages. We will enrich our understanding of these codes through a brief study of how they were used in the past as well as how they are used today. Topics will include cracking the enigma machine code in WWII, the Navajo code-talkers, deciphering the human DNA, and block-chain encryption. The class will culminate in the creation of our own escape room. If you enjoy solving puzzles and applying your learning, this is the course for you!
Cryptology 101: The Escape
For Rising 6th – 8th Grade Students
Your Summer of Discovery Awaits
MITY’s ExplorSchool provides rising 6th-8th grade students a unique opportunity to investigate new topics and dive deeper into their passions at a level that is challenging and motivating. Intellectually curious students take two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, enabling them to explore different disciplines, experience things that are not possible within a normal school setting, and forge new friendships.