The Mathematics of Cryptography and Cyber Security
The mathematics unit highlighted in this video was created to build student interest in cryptography through realistic and engaging activities. A series of hands-on activities demonstrate important cryptographic systems and protocols. Students were introduced to protocols and schemes such as Diffie-Hellman in order to understanding present day encryption and decryption. It is important that students understand how these protocols work. As a result, the final challenge in this unit requires students to develop a set of protocols to successfully transmit coins without interception. The strategies used to increase student interest provided them the opportunity to discuss and use present-day cryptographic systems as well as experiment with their own designed protocols making cryptography accessible to middle school students.