SPY CAMP, ‘SECRETS OF A SPY STATION’ (Learning made fun for all students)
Cryptography and secret messages: Our STEM principled – Spy Camp, ‘Secret of a Spy Station’ will immerse campers in the setting of a former Department of Defense Spy Station where secret messages were intercepted so they could be decoded and used to assist National Security. We will explore the history of how codes and ciphers came to be and evolved over the years – from written messages to complex digital encryption methods. Campers will learn how to recreate these techniques themselves, and crack the messages sent by their fellow cryptographers, while reinforcing skills in math, language, and pattern recognition. From messages based on playing with words and numbers to information hidden in plain sight within images and everyday objects, campers will leave with an understanding of the principles that drive the world of secrets, spies, and security.
CLASSROOM – SECRETS OF A SPY STATION OBJECTIVES:
Learn to recognize patterns in the English language
Apply math skills in creative ways to form secret messages
Participate in challenges to decipher messages written by others
Learn the history of cryptography and cutting-edge techniques that keep the internet safe
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM:
Confidence Building & Leadership Development – outdoor team participation events
Celestial Viewing – participate in exploring the night sky through the use of ‘research capable’ optical telescopes
Recreational and Fun Activities – exploring the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips, such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), introduction to rock climbing & rappelling (safety always paramount), activities with other local camps, visits to special places and events, and entertainment by musicians and artists.