Mission: Decipher Code Breakers

Created in partnership with an FBI cryptanalyst, take students on a whirlwind tour of 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: critical thinking, logic and mathematics.
Designed for ages 13+

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

Bundle Specifications

Lesson plan

The lesson plan includes an overview of the session; a lesson structure with suggested durations for each component; a lesson aim; desired outcomes; an extension project suggestion; and a short suggested reading list.

Full presentation

Each bundle contains a full .pdf presentation – complete with compelling photographs and neat layouts – that is designed to be administered in 20-30 minutes.

Presentation transcript

The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive transcript (or slide notes) that provides all the content a layperson requires to deliver an informative 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 – including the hands-on, practical sessions.

Resources for 5 practical sessions

Each bundle comes with all the resources you'll require (i.e. handouts, answers) to deliver 5, 15-20 minute hands-on practical sessions: gathering intelligence; reconstructing shredded documents; creating your own Enigma; decryption; and Navajo code talking.

What does this bundle contain?

Our bundles contain all the teaching resources you need to deliver a 1.5-2 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 5 separate 15-20 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 1.5-2 hours (but we’ve often found that teachers utilise the bundles over several different lessons). The lesson plan contains additional information on the suggested duration for each workshop component.

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.