cryptography & Code breaking
One-Week Summer Program
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How do we prevent our most essential information from becoming public knowledge? How do government secrets stay safe? This is the work of cryptography. Without cryptography, the world would grind to a halt. Cryptographers are the critical gatekeepers of national security secrets, vital codes, and more. Essentially, they are communicating through secret writing. Cool, right?
Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.
Instructor: John Monz
John Monz is currently a Mathematics teacher at Weston High School, one of the top public schools in the nation. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Boston College and ABD from MIT. Mr. Monz has previously taught at Dartmouth College and Brandeis University.
Student Comments from Summer 2023
‘I thought the program was very interesting, engaging and fun. It had lots of educational and hands-on activities. Mr. Monz did an excellent job teaching, making sure that everyone understood the content, and having an excellent class environment. Overall amazing.’
‘I enjoyed the hands-on codebreaking and the teacher explained the concepts really well and produced a comprehensive lesson every day.’
‘The class focused on cryptography throughout history, dating all the way back to ancient Rome, which I personally found very interesting. This also provided a simple and clear way of segueing into more modern and complex forms of cryptography. The teacher, John, was also very engaging and vibrant which made the course far more enjoyable.’
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