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Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: Coding & Cryptography

Dates: June 15 - 19, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Age: Rising 3rd - 5th Grades

Gender: Coed

Location: Keim Center, Computer Lab

Cost: $250

Program Description: Elementary, my dear Watson,...or is it? Test your mettle decrypting secret codes, solving puzzles, and unraveling mysteries! Campers will learn about the history of code breaking and develop problem solving habits that have helped prominent scientists crack the code. They will also learn about different types of ciphers, program an app to encode messages, create spy gadgets, and use what they learn to solve a series of breakout rooms. No coding or undercover experience necessary!

What to Bring: Clothes that campers don't mind getting dirty and can move around in. (This is an active camp). Campers should also bring a water bottle.

Instructor: Anna Lawrence joined the Ravenscroft faculty as an U/S Computer Science instructor in 2018, she is a true computer science unicorn! She has experience as both an IT consultant and a full-time CS faculty member. Her educational philosophy focuses on design as play, harnessing students' passions to foster curiosity, and cultivating a classroom where each student feels valued and understood. She designs innovative, project based curriculums that empower students from diverse backgrounds to discover the beauty and utility of computer science.

Anna has taught Web page design, Intro CS, Honors CS, AP CS and CSP. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from NCSU, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and has attended Columbia University's Klingenstein Institute for Early Career Teachers. During her tenure as a boarding school teacher, she headed a dormitory and directed a school-wide community service program. She is pursuing graduate level work in computer science, and in her free time, she experiments in her workshop with 3D printing, mold making, costuming, electronics, glass etching and game design. 

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