NCF & Museum

NCF Supports Student Outreach

A field trip to the NCM is a fun, interesting, and educational way to introduce students to the secret world of codes and ciphers. Age appropriate, interactive programs and exhibits are designed to engage the students and to increase their awareness of cryptology's role in world history and the role of mathematics in cryptology. The programs are excellent for math, social studies, and scout field trips. During many of these school trips, contests are held for the students to locate certain exhibits and prizes. In past years, the NCF has provided these prizes.

Webelo scout learns about ciphers with the cipher challenge at the National Cryptologic Museum

Scouts Discover Cipher Challenges

Student Outreach Program

In 2008, the NCF began supporting the NCM's student outreach program by donating supplies for contests conducted during student visits. School children explored the Crypto-Kids stations at the Museum and especially enjoyed solving crypto puzzles using the cipher wheel that was part of the Museum's educational Treasure Hunt. Once completed, participants received logo pencils, puzzles, frisbees, and crypto activity books as awards. Most of the awards were funded by the Foundation as part of our student outreach program.

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Visitors of all ages enjoy playing the cryptologic game kiosks at the Museum.