Mission: Decipher Code Breakers

This 1.5 hour workshop, created in partnership with a real-life FBI cryptanalyst, takes students on a whirlwind tour of the ins and outs of codebreaking and cryptanalysis. Students will be captivated by how this science has developed from the (now) shockingly simple methods of concealment from the past to the present's unbreakable computer codes.

This workshop covers topics in: computer science and mathematics.
Designed for ages 13+
This bundle will be available on March 23, 2018

The license renews annually – so you’ll continue to receive support and updates – and you can cancel renewal anytime.

If you’re a tour operator or other business, you’ll need to purchase a commercial license.

Bundle Specifications

Lesson plan

This session introduction includes an overview of the session; how much time should be spent on each component; and a bibliography (e.g. recommended resources).

Full presentation

A full .pdf presentation, complete with compelling photographs and neat layouts, is designed to be administered in 20 minutes.

Presentation transcript

A roughly transcript 10-page transcript that provides all the material a layperson would require to deliver the workshop.

100 word vocabulary list

You'll receive a list of words – ranked as easy, medium and difficult – that pertain to key concepts presented during the workshop (and a few ideas as to how to use these!)

Equipment list

The equipment list provides a breakdown of all the material required to deliver the session
to a group of 30 students.

Resources for 5 x 15-minute practical sessions

Each of our bundles comes with all the resources required (i.e. handouts, answers) to deliver 4 hands-on practical sessions on the following topics: gathering intelligence; reconstructing shredded documents; creating your own Enigma; decryption; Navajo code-talking.

What does this bundle contain?

Our bundles contain all the teaching resources you need to deliver a 1.5 hour workshop to your students. In addition to materials related to the workshop’s taught component (i.e. the lesson plan, presentation and presentation transcript), you will receive handouts and worksheets for five separate 15 minute practical activities.

What age group is this workshop designed for?

All of our workshops are designed for ages 13+. We recommend that teachers check our content to ensure that the material enclosed is appropriate for your students.

What practical sessions does this bundle include?

There are 5 practicals in this workshop. The broad themes are:

  • Gathering intelligence
  • Reconstructing shredded documents
  • Creating your own Enigma
  • Decryption
  • Navajo code-talking

Does this bundle include equipment?

No. This bundle doesn’t contain the equipment you’ll need.

Where can I purchase equipment?

An equipment list is enclosed in our bundle – and you can find links to all of these items in our online shop. You’re free to purchase these materials wherever you like, but when you purchase through the website, it helps us out a little more 🙂

Workshop Format

Each workshop is designed to be delivered in 1.5 hours (but we’ve often found that teachers utilise the bundles over several different lessons). Generally speaking, there is a 20 minute taught component, 60 minutes for practical work, and 10 minutes for a conclusion.

Notes on Practical Work

Each student will complete all practical activities over the course of the workshop. Our bundle includes a full equipment list. Equipment for the workshops must be purchased separately.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions apply. Once the bundle is downloaded, we do not offer a refund. We want our customers to be 100% happy – so please reach out to us with any feedback, questions or comments.