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Encryption Cyber Security

Brookhaven National Lab takes all safety very seriously, and that includes cyber security! In this lesson, students will learn about simple encryption and decryption of text files using a short C++ program. They will first try to decrypt a message by hand and then compare that with decrypting it using the code. Then using their new skills they will move on to decrypt a more challenging message. No coding knowledge is needed to enjoy this experience!

Vocabulary: Encryption, cipher, frequency histogram, ASCII, C++, algorithm

Session Information:

  • Flexible instruction whether students are in the classroom or at home. 
  • Interactive, instructor-led session facilitated with students using materials from school or home.  Can also be demonstration-based if students do not have access to materials.  
  • Teachers will receive a detailed Teacher Notes guide upon booking.  
  • Secure link to ZoomGov videoconferencing platform will be provided. 
  • $300 (BOCES-aidable) 
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Contact us to schedule your field trip 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices
ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution Patterns

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking

Next Generation English Language Arts Standards

Speaking and Listening Language
Comprehension and Collaboration Vocabulary Acquisition and Use