ERIC Number: EJ1071312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Introducing Summer Camp Students to Modern Cryptography
Griffiths, Barry J.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v88 n4 p122-126 2015
For countries to remain competitive in the global economy, it is important to cultivate the next generation of native mathematicians. However, this goal has been increasingly challenging in the United States where, despite the tremendous increase in university enrollment during recent decades, the number of students studying mathematics has remained almost constant. This article continues the work of Griffiths and Haciomeroglu (2014) in discussing how academics can expose students to the beauty and complexity of upper-level mathematics at an early age, with the goal of increasing the number of students gaining a degree in mathematics rather than committing to an alternative program of study. The primary focus of this work is to look at the results of a three-week summer camp in cryptography given to talented local high school students at the University of Central Florida, where the included topics went beyond those typically taught at the introductory level. Perceptions of the participants, gathered through interviews given toward the end of the course, will also be included.
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Mathematics Education, Program Effectiveness, Academically Gifted, High School Students, Interviews, Information Technology, Computer Science Education, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Skills, Information Security
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida