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Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets: A parent’s guide to computing at home

Author: e.ashman

Following on from last week’s workshop, Part-Baked Games: Chefs Edition, this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is  Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets, a workshop that will introduce your children to the wonderful world of cryptography and ciphers.

Cryptography is the art of solving and writing secret messages.

This workshop is perfect for ages 7 -14 years.

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Part 1 of the workshop will introduce the concept of cryptography and is completely unplugged, meaning you only need a device to watch the video to take part.

  • To begin, the workshop takes a mini historical tour of cryptography through the ages to help your child to understand its role in history
  • Following this we will then learn about and create some of our own ciphers using various historical techniques

Part 2 of the workshop will teach your child how computers can be used to create and crack ciphers using a spreadsheet.

We will learn how to create spreadsheets that use the following ciphers:

  • Transposition cipher
  • Caesar cipher

Following part 2, your children will have the knowledge to tackle our Cryptography Case File and attempt to solve the murder!

I hope your little learners enjoy Cryptography: Secrets, Secrets, Secrets please do get in touch with me at estelle@ukie.org.uk if you have any comments or feedback on the workshop and don't forget to check out all our past workshops, here.

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