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News | Nov. 5, 2015

National Cryptologic Museum Hosts Event in Honor of the Maryland STEM Festival

National Security Agency (NSA) subject matter experts will provide games, hands-on activities, demonstrations, displays, and immersive experiences at the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) for the event – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow during the Maryland STEM Festival on Thursday, November 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be free and open to the public with a focus on middle and high school students interested in learning about the science, technology and mathematics that form the basis of cryptology.

Visitors will be able to engage in multiple activities as NSA professionals demonstrate what it takes to make and break codes.

  • NCM docents will give tours of exhibits with an emphasis on technology in cryptology.
  • Intelligence analysts will provide a simulated exercise to demonstrate how the intelligence cycle works.
  • Cyber teachers will test students' knowledge and abilities with brain teasers and challenges.
  • NSA researchers will demonstrate the power of robotics.
  • Cyber security specialists will teach students how to encrypt and protect messages.
  • Engineers will display microelectronics and other gadgets.
  • Mathematicians will challenge students through games and participatory activities.
  • Human Resources will discuss the NSA programs available to students.

NSA has contributed major advancements in communication and computer technologies for more than 60 years and that work continues today with state-of-the art innovations in engineering, mathematics and technology in support of national security. Celebrating its first year, the Maryland STEM Festival provides inspirational, educational and accessible programming in STEM fields, through a week of collaborative, interactive and dynamic events throughout Maryland.

See the museum's Facebook page at for updated information on the Maryland STEM Festival event, STEM: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. For directions to the National Cryptologic Museum, please click here.