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Spy Kids: The NSA Is Looking for the Next Generation of Sneaky Geeks


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JL
- 768 days ago - motherjones.com
Although the National Security Agency is incredibly secretive and could probably care less what you think, it does have an interest in helping our kids become great mathematicians.



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JL A. (286)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 7:58 am
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Mother Jones
Spy Kids: The NSA Is Looking for the Next Generation of Sneaky Geeks
Math is hard. The NSA is here to help.

By AJ Vicens | Fri Jun. 7, 2013 2:54 PM PDT

Although the National Security Agency is incredibly secretive and could probably care less what you think, it does have an interest in helping our kids become great mathematicians. The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, so, the agency explains, it is "critically dependent on the continuing development of first-class American mathematicians."

Enter the CryptoKids [1], the NSA's band of codemaking and codebreaking cartoon characters. There's Cyndi [2], one half of the CyberTwins, a cat with braces, two-tone hair, and what may be Google Glass. Her advice for online-savvy kids: "Mom says that once something is out on the Internet, it will be there forever, and 'might come back to haunt us one day.'" Her brother Cy [3], a malware victim, also values his digital privacy and security: "The stuff on my computer is really important to me, and I don't want anyone getting in and messing it up again!"
The CryptoKids. NSA

The CryptoKids gang also includes Crypto Cat, Decipher Dog, Rosetta Stone, and T.Top, a goateed programmer turtle. Their "advisor" is a fatigue-wearing eagle named CSS Sam (CSS stands for Central Security Service), just in case you forgot whom the NSA works for.

The characters also star in the NSA's outreach to schools in the Washington, D.C. area through the agency's MEPP Speakers Bureau [4]. Some of the talks and classes offered actually sound pretty cool: Kids can get an introduction to cryptology by decoding instructions on a map to find buried treasure, or learn about ciphers in "Cryptanalysis 101." The NSA will even come to your school's career day: "Students are introduced to the variety of careers at NSA, emphasizing the technical skills of the workforce and inviting the students to consider activities they like to do now, and how this may fit in to a future career."

Math is hard (though American kids are getting better at it) [5]. So perhaps your kid could benefit from a little math help from the big, brotherly geeks at the NSA. Or maybe, like Will Hunting, they'll think better of becoming a CryptoKid.

Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/nsa-cryptokids-spy-kids

Links:
[1] http://www.nsa.gov/kids/
[2] http://www.nsa.gov/kids/bios/bios00010.shtml
[3] http://www.nsa.gov/kids/bios/bios00009.shtml
[4] http://www.nsa.gov/academia/_files/mepp_catalog.pdf
[5] http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/05/math-hard-no-reading-hard
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 10:35 am
Noted
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 11:07 am

There is a pre-conceived notion that math is hard, science is harder, so parents paint their children with their own short-comings. Math is not hard, and these characters from NASA might be just the break through that is needed.

Start early, and get life time returns, begin math from pre-school and teach it as fun.
 

JL A. (286)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 11:09 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 1:05 pm
characters from NASA? surely Kit meant NSA- the agency with such a reputation currently that probably massive lobbying and advertising is necessary. I believe there are certainly better places for maths geeks..and who wants/needs spy kids.
 

JL A. (286)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 1:08 pm
You must be right Angelika. Pretty mind boggling.You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Michael Kirkby (89)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 4:59 pm
Noted
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 4:41 am
cool
 

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 5:57 am
Sadly I see the logic. Everything is on computer nowadays, at personal level and state level.
Countries secret intelligence agencies are constantly trying to hack other countries systems and keep other countries from hacking theirs.
The need for brilliant young minds to keep the country ahead of the field...
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 8:44 am
noted
 

Birgit W. (156)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:59 pm
Noted.
 

Jamie Clemons (279)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 5:21 pm
Anonymous is looking for the next gen of hacker activist whistle blowers.
 

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 11:35 pm
When I was in, was it fourth grade. and wrestling with arithmetic, my mom tried to reassure me. She told me that arithmetic is hard. She couldn't do it.

At school I told my teacher what Mom had said to me.

Teacher assured me that just because my mom had problems with numbers did not mean that I would.

Math can be fun.
 

JL A. (286)
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:07 am
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