Cracking Cyptography

Provided by Skills Development Scotland
Young people will learn about cryptography and will use programs to encrypt and decrypt messages whilst exploring careers in cyber security. Learn about how cryptography has been used throughout history, crack some codes using a Caesar cipher and look at how this has progressed over the years, with encryption being used in almost every industry, including through applications that young people are using every day. They will gain an understanding of how the use of encryption has created opportunities and the skills that will be required in this industry. Suitable for pupils in P7-S3 and this activity can be delivered virtually or in person in the classroom.


Computing and ICT

Curriculum areas



Align interests to skills and careers, Connection between skills and work, Connection between subject choices and work, How skills, interests and strengths relate to work, Making career decisions, Recognise range of skills, Understand sector skills and knowledge

Type of opportunity

Sector awareness

Target audience

Primary School Pupil, Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old)

Aimed at

Additional support needs, Addressing gender bias, At risk of homelessness, Disability, Disengaged (at risk of negative destination), Care experienced young people

Venue/Location Details

Available to

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Eilean Siar, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Open date

1st September 2021 - 26th June 2022
Duration: (s)
Recommended group size: 500

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