Cyber Detectives

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Teach your students how to be cyber sleuths with eight classroom activities investigating cyber-crime! In each activity students will learn essential internet skills like avoiding scams, coding, creating secure passwords, and more.

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Classroom Activities

Coded Communication

Cryptobabel

Coded Communication

Grades 4–6

60–75 minutes

Students are presented with a top-secret scenario in which they must intercept a message from a spy.

Information Transfer

Netbuilder

Information Transfer

Grades 4–6

60–75 minutes

Students must teach others about how information is transferred over the Internet.

Password Essentials

Hashing and Cracking

Password Essentials

Grades 4–6

50–60 minutes

In this activity, students will pretend they are entrepreneurs about to begin their own company website and they want their login system to be as secure as possible.

Scam Alert!

Social Engineering

Scam Alert!

Grades 4-6

50-60 minutes

Students will become members of their school’s Scam Alert Team to help protect their community from internet scams.

Network Protection

cyber forensics

Network Protection

Grades 4-6

45 minutes

Students will take on the role of digital forensic investigators who have been tasked with investigating a recent store robbery.

The Internet of Things

creative coding

The Internet of Things

Grades 4-6

60 minutes

As employees at a top tech company, students are tasked with adding a new non-tech product to the Internet of things.

Solving the Puzzle

passwords and picking

Solving the Puzzle

Grades 4-6

60-75 minutes

Students have been hired by a toy company to create a new jigsaw puzzle that will be marketed as the year’s trickiest!

Security Alert

Cryptography

Security Alert

Grades 4-6

45-60 minutes

The Internet is indefinitely down in the office, and students must devise a way to send private and secure messages to each other.