Cryptography-the spy science of secret messages-is everywhere secrets are kept: on the Internet, in bank ATMs, businesses, the military, and more.
The Secret Messages Lab introduces codes, ciphers, and hidden message techniques through a series of 18 missions.
Since one must have a partner for secret sharing, this kit contains two of most items - including the instruction book.
The list of missions is found below. Most topics include a note on their historical significance.
- Mission 1: Code Talkers - Native American Heroes
- Choctaw soldiers in WW I. Choctaw, Comanche, and Navajo soldiers in WW II.
- Mission 2: Making 2500 Year Old Machines
- A scytale cipher from the Spartans of ancient Greece.
- Mission 3: Tricky Transpositions
- Mission 4: The Ceasar Cipher
- Julius Ceasar and possibly the ancient Egyptians.
- Mission 5: The Keyboard Cipher
- Mission 6: The Telephone Cipher
- Mission 7: The Pigpen Cipher
- Aka the Mason Cipher. U.S. Cival War Confederate soldiers and the Freemasons.
- Mission 8: Basic Cypher Wheels
- From the Italian architect Leon Battista Alberti, the father of Western cryptography.
- Mission 9: The Polybius Checkerboard
- From Polybius, a Greek worker in ancient Rome.
- Mission 10: Advanced Cipher Wheels
- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President.
- Hidden Messages
- Mission 11: The Cover-up
- Mission 12: Now You See it, Now You Don't
- Mission 13: Seeing Red
- Mission 14: Basic Breaking
- British mathematicians versus Enigma during WW II.
- Cool Stuff
- Mission 15: Braille
- Mission 16: American Sign Language
- Clear diagrams for finger spelling.
- Mission 17: It's In the Book!
- Book codes and the Beale Ciphers story.
- Mission 18: Dot's All
Ages 8 years and up.
WARNING! Choking Hazard - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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