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 www.math.uic.edu/CryptoClubProject. 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 dlevin6@uic.edu. The CryptoClub--Learning Sciences Research Institute Math Department University of Illinois at Chicago

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