Over the course of 12 meetings, we will develop problem-solving skills in a fun and relaxed way by introducing the idea of a puzzle/puzzle hunt and delve into common techniques used. We will cover basic cryptography, wordplay, as well as general puzzle-solving strategies. Throughout the course, we will work together to solve a variety of different puzzles and aim to have students create their own challenge by the end.
Meeting 1: Introduction to Puzzles
What is a puzzle? A short walkthrough of some simple puzzle ideas
Meeting 2: Use of simple puzzle techniques
Meeting 3: Cryptography
Introduction to ciphers and their applicability in both puzzles and computer science (cybersecurity)
Meeting 4: Cryptography cont.
Meeting 5: Cryptography cont.
Meeting 6: Intro to Word Puzzles
Logical thinking, the power of searching, and the connecting of concepts together
Meeting 7: Crosswords
Meeting 8: More Word Puzzles
Meeting 9: Games as an Entryway
Meeting 10: Writing Your Own & Puzzle Hunt Breakdown
Meeting 11: Patterns & Pictures
Meeting 12: Solving Your Puzzles or Puzzle Hunt Walkthrough
Demonstration of your own puzzles and joint solving