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Spy Science


Created by StacyO, last updated 2015-11-13

These activities are great for an afterschool science club that is spy-themed.


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Criminal Info

Although this is math, the student spies use logic and calculations to discover a secret message.

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Secret Writing Devices

Using a simple strip of paper wrapped around a pencil, students make and decode secret messages while learning about cryptography.

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Black Magic (Color Chromatography)

We did this activity with a twist: A crime has been committed, and to determine who "done it," students will examine notes from the suspects and compare them to a note that plans the crime. Ahead of time, the teacher writes notes using a different pen for each suspect and the note that details the crime with one of those. Kids will then use chromatography to deduce which suspect wrote the criminal note. Our group had a great time doing this. I used plain paper, but the coffee liners would work better.

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Password Security Agency

Students learn about password security, and what makes one more difficult to crack than another.

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International Spy Museum

Contains games and puzzle activities for kids.


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Science of Spying

Activities are based on a former exhibit at The Science Museum of London. Includes: What Is Spying; Observing and Gathering Information; Decoding and Analyzing Information; Spy Tools; and Spying in Society.


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DragonflyTV - Forensics

Lizzy is celebrating her birthday, but we're investigating a crime. We returned home to find Lizzy's party trashed. The cake was half-eaten, presents were thrown all over, and there was even some red stuff dripping off the table. How can we use forensic science to finger the culprit?


FBI — Kids

Designed for kids to learn more about the FBI through games, activities, and stories. Learn about their working dogs and about how agents investigate cases.