Spy Science: Operation STEM

"Tech Ops...come in Tech Ops." An agent in the field is in trouble and she needs help. Students play the role of Technical Operations Officers (AKA Tech Ops) at the CIA supporting an agent in the field as she moves through secret missions. First, with basic electronics, everyday objects, and creativity, students are challenged to create a signaling device. Then, they decrypt a secret message and, finally, devise an exfiltration plan by analyzing geospatial spy satellite photos.

Key Concepts and Skills:

  • Materials Science/Technological Innovation: understanding the physical characteristics of materials and their potential in solving a spy challenge
  • Mathematics: frequency analysis

Critical Intel

Grades: 5-7

45 Minutes