Time: 1900 hours
Your Mission, if you choose to accept it: create a secret agent program for the teens at a small Indiana public library.
Objective: create an event that will intrigue and entertain the teens for two hours.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, I presented a library program to 10 teen Recruits between the ages of 13 and 18. The program involved three tasks: code breaking, marksmanship, and agility. The recruits were asked to crack two ciphers (a Caesar Cipher, or Shift Cipher, and a Book Cipher), attempt to hit the bullseye with one of six shots, and complete a laser maze. If all three tasks were completed, the Recruits would receive Special Agent status.
|Recruits diligently attempting to crack the codes. Recruit, Code Name Halo, works on Book Cipher.|
|Recruit, Code Name Valiant, proving her skills in marksmanship.|
|Recruits awaiting their turn at the maze.|
|Recruit, Code Name Hawkeye, attempts to complete the maze.|
Once the Recruits had completed their Mission and received their promotions, they were permitted to improve their skills by repeating the challenges. Several of the Recruits chose to do this, some three or four times. Also, once all Recruits had completed their tasks, some Recruits chose to test their skills against each other, participating in several challenges designed by the Recruits, particularly in regards to the laser maze (see below).