In a CryptoClub, students explore cryptography through games and informal activities that involve secret messages. The program includes more than unscrambling letters or shifting the alphabet around. It requires mathematics such as multiplication, division with remainder, common factors, and large prime numbers. Students will use coders and decoders to create and find patterns, which requires a deeper level of thinking.
CryptoClub appeals to students of all abilities in upper elementary and middle school. Students enjoy the problem solving involved with cracking, decoding, and encoding the various ciphers as they gain understanding of an exciting real-world application of mathematics. Students who struggle with math often experience success with CryptoClub, because they are exposed to mathematics in a different way.