The staff pick for this blog comes from Josh Coriell, one of NICERC’s Curriculum Development Specialists.
Since I’m heavily involved in the creation and maintenance of the Advanced Math for Engineering and Science (AMES) curriculum, I decided to highlight a few new cyber and cybersecurity related projects that complement the mathematics content.
“Networks,” the first project I want to highlight, can be found in the unit on matrices. This lesson provides a simple but widely used application of matrices called adjacency matrices. The students create networks given an adjacency matrix and also describe how information travels through that network. Along with this, students learn some basic graph theory concepts which can be applied in any field.
Another new project is the “Encryption” section. This one focuses on content used in Public Key Encryption and more specifically RSA (named after its creators Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman). What I find most interesting about this is that the mathematics isn’t too abstract and mainly focuses on arithmetic. Definitely check this out if you are looking for lessons on encryption, iteration, and mathematical magic!
The last activity I want to highlight focuses on the student’s programming skills with a robotics platform. The student will program the robot to take a “journey,” describe the journey using vectors, and also practice their creative and historical skills by telling the story of the journey. Students are encouraged to base the story off of a real life journey, such as the first trip to the moon, or create their own fictional story. Although the lesson specifically focuses on the use of the Parallax Boe-Bot, any platform can be used.
If you haven’t seen these projects in AMES yet, check them out on Canvas! If you don’t have access to AMES and our other curricula, you can request access here or attend one of our professional development sessions!