CryptoClub Educator Training

The Pennsylvania Girls Collaborative is recruiting teachers and afterschool providers from across the nation to take part in the CryptoClub Project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The CryptoClub Project consists of classroom and web-based materials, which teach cryptography and related mathematics to students, in grades 5 through 12, in both formal and informal settings.  The CryptoClub Afterschool Curriculum was developed with NSF support and has been nationally field-tested.

The CryptoClub program uses games, treasure hunts and other informal activities to engage students in cryptography and mathematics.  It applies topics typically found in a middle-school curriculum, such as decimals and percent, division with remainder, common factors, negative numbers and pattern recognition.  The program also includes cryptography games and activities from the CryptoClub website.

To learn more, check out the 3-minute video. This video gives a brief overview of the project.  Additional information, including documents entitled “Mathematics in CryptoClub” and “CryptoClub Connections to CCSSM” can be found on the project website.

All teachers and informal educators should apply to receive FREE training and resources to introduce students to an exciting and important application of mathematics in a playful and engaging way. 

Who can be a CryptoClub Leader?

Leaders need not be mathematics teachers; they just need to be enthusiastic about math.  No prior cryptography experience is required.

What Happens at an Educator Training?

Participants will learn how to:

  • Teach cryptography in fun and engaging ways

  • Incorporate middle-school mathematics into their formal or informal learning environment

  • Use a variety of games, Internet activities and stories to engage their students 

Benefits:

  • A $50 stipend to support materials and/or virtual platform

  • 3-hours of CryptoClub training with educators from across the nation

  • CryptoClub Cipher Handbook (student workbook) ($15 value)

  • CryptoClub Teacher Manual ($50 value)

Expectations:

  • Attend 3-hour virtual CryptoClub training on April 12, 2021 from 10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific | 2:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern

  • Host CryptoClub experiences (in person or virtual) with 10-15 youth (grades 3-12) by the end of 2021 for free or reduced-cost

  • Participate in surveys and possible interviews with the evaluation team 

Cost:

  • FREE to all educators accepted to attend.

Apply today. Reach out to Lisa Kovalchick at kovalchick@calu.edu for more information about this opportunity.