In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 5-9), Latin students learned about cryptography, the art of writing or solving codes. Cryptography is relevant to many subjects outside of traditional computer science classes.
Whether understanding the math behind cryptographic protocols, discovering how ciphers have been used throughout history, exploring the impact of securing data on society and politics, or making art that encodes secret messages, there is an aspect of cryptography that relates to just about everything. Several classes incorporated cryptographic activities into their daily curriculum during CSEd Week. In the lower school, the first grade got together with their eighth grade buddies to decode secret messages using Caesar ciphers. The first graders then had to answer the questions they deciphered in the messages. Middle schoolers solved different encrypted messages on posters throughout the school in the Cryptography Poster Challenge. They also worked through the Break-In Box challenge by solving a cipher each day found on RomanNet and then used the library's resources to get the clues they needed to open five locks. Upper schoolers, faculty and staff teamed up to break out of the Escape Room by using their crypto skills to solve puzzles and problems in order to escape the room within 30 minutes.