Teach them young, teach them right

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It has been very busy around here preparing to host a six-week project with a local school.

We are working with Stanley Road School to help conduct one of their ‘junior university’ projects which they run each term.  We’ll get a number of young students (around 10 years old) and teach about something very close to our hearts, secrets.  Secrets? You say. Yes, secrets.  We’ll be teaching the students the basics of how to communicate using logic and number theory so they understand the basics of computing, but it’s much more fun to call it secrets.

Children (and some adults) are instantly drawn to secrets, it is in their DNA.  Did you ever pass a note in school that the teacher intercepted much to your disappointment and embarrassment? Ouch.  This project is going to teach the children how to write numbers that don’t look like numbers, i.e. binary code.  We’ll also incorporate basic logic theory for transposing letters, like a=b b=c c=d etc. to create short ‘encrypted’ messages that can have letters and numbers.

This aims to be a fun way to educate children on the basics of number theory, logic theory, binary code, conditional statements and cryptography.  So if you see a student passing a note including all of these methodologies, take a moment to be proud that the kids are growing up so fast, then hammer home that note passing is not tolerated in the classroom.  Hey, rules are there for a reason.