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Decoding STEM

Our Cyber STEM group (Grades 4 through 8) participated in a field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum, where we learned about the history of code making and code breaking. A particular highlight was learning about how the Allies broke the Enigma code in World War Two. The students participated in a scavenger hunt that led them through the evolution of cryptology, including chalk symbols during the Depression, the use of Navajo soldiers in the military, simple ciphers, breaking Japanese codes, the role of encryption in WWII and an introduction to modern cryptology. You and your child may wish to visit the National Security Agency’s Crypto Kids web site at:https://www.nsa.gov/kids/