Science Detectives – Online! – From Colonists to Computers: Coded Messages

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Detectives Online Coded Messages

New interactive offering for children 11–13 years old:  The difference between victory and disaster sometimes comes down to information – not just what you have, but can you keep it hidden from the “wrong eyes”? Follow us down the secret trails of coded messages, from the American Revolution to modern day computer encryption. Along the way we’ll work on some hidden messages of our own. Participants will receive a kit with coded messages and the decryption tools to decode them!

Each live program will come with an interactive kit that contains materials for the child to use during the class. All activities encourage the development of skills in scientific observation and thinking.  

Participants Need to Provide:

  • Computer or tablet with a microphone and camera
  • Internet connection
  • Access to Zoom
  • A pencil
  • A notebook or paper for observations
  • Area in front of the computer to do activities on a table

Kit Delivery Options:
All registrants will be given the option to select either “Museum Pickup” or “Ship to Home” at checkout. If you select “Ship to Home,” your kit will be mailed at least one week prior to the start of the program to the mailing address you provide (kit shipping is included in the program price). If you select “Museum Pickup,” your kit will be available at the Museum Store one week before your program date. Registrants who select Museum Pickup will receive a $5.00 gift card to the Museum Store!  The gift card is valid at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Museum Stores for online or in-person shopping only, and not valid for Cafe or other Museum purchases.

Registration Information:  Now you have the option to register for the Spring 2021 program series, which includes four Science Detectives programs for children 11–13 years old. Click on the registration link below for series and individual program registration options.

Note:  Due to shipping requirements, registration for these programs is limited to the continental US.

Register Now!

Registration Deadline: April 30 at 8:00am.

Spring 2021 Series Registration Deadline:  February 4 at 8:00am.

Not a member yet?  Join today to receive a discount

Questions: Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information or email



May 13
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$25 per participant; $20 member participant.


NC United States