By Angie Leventis Lourgos
Special to the Tribune
July 22, 2009
Julius Caesar is said to have encrypted battle plans in an alphabetical
code, protecting the life-or-death messages from spies.
That wouldn't work today. Middle school students can easily crack the
Caesar Cipher, which is part of an innovative lesson in mathematics,
critical thinking and problem solving.
A team of University of Illinois at Chicago professors has crafted a
math curriculum based on cryptography, the science of making and
They were recently awarded a five-year, $2.5 million National Science
Foundation grant to turn the lessons into an after-school program to be
used across the nation.
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