Friday, May 1, 2015

UIC's CryptoClub puts the M in STEM

"Cryptography, the science of secret messages, is an intriguing STEM topic and an important application of mathematics. CryptoClub is a 16-20 hour afterschool curriculum designed to teach cryptography and mathematics to students in grades 6-8. It uses games, treasure hunts, and other informal activities to engage students in learning cryptography and applying middle-school mathematics. The CryptoClub curriculum has been developed and tested with support from the National Science Foundation. Additional information and an application may be found on our website at Registration priority is given to applicants who have approval to conduct a CryptoClub program in 2015-2016."

1-2-3 Go!

This module is designed to help you explore how math affects your life each day and features a requirement on ciphers and cryptography.
See Requirement #4. Secret Codes
    1. Look up, then discuss with your counselor each of the following:
      1. Cryptography
      2. At least three ways secret codes or ciphers are made
      3. How secret codes and ciphers relate to mathematics
    2. Design a secret code or cipher. Then do the following:
      1. Write a message in your code or cipher.
      2. Share your code or cipher with your counselor.

For more information contact Debra Levine, Project Coordinator at The CryptoClub--Learning Sciences Research Institute Math Department University of Illinois at Chicago

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