I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Cryptography Exhibition at the Strong Women, Strong Girls’ Jump into Spring event, representing the Cambridge Science Club for Girls. Strong Women, Strong Girls is a nationally recognized multi-generational mentoring program. This event drew hundreds of elementary school girls from the Boston area to a convention center where numerous social service agencies gave ongoing presentations designed to educate and inspire the girls, who moved freely around the exhibition hall.
As a guide for this Cryptography Exhibition, I used the MIT BLOSSOMS lesson, “Building Cryptosystems”. In order to better suit the large and younger audience, I used a whiteboard to present the concepts of cryptography presented in the BLOSSOMS video, rather using physical props. We went over the principles of coding using a shifted alphabet, a randomized alphabet, and multiple randomized alphabets. In addition, my co-presenter and I introduced a new feature to the lesson plan - we had the girls construct their own code! Read more.