International Spy Museum Educators page

International Spy Museum Educators page The International Spy Museum's Educators Page is a venue for the Museum's Education staff to connect The International Spy Museum holds the largest collection of spy-related artifacts on public view in the world.

Our mission is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. Using espionage as a lens to view traditional curriculum, the Museum provides unique programs and resources for both students and educators.

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Middle & High School Teachers - Join International Spy Museum Youth Edu. Team & SPY historian TOMORROW (9/2 @ 7pm) for "...
09/01/2021

Middle & High School Teachers - Join International Spy Museum
Youth Edu. Team & SPY historian TOMORROW (9/2 @ 7pm) for "9/11 - The Intelligence Angle" virtual teacher workshop. We will delve into declassified documents and provide teachers with activities/resources to better understand intelligence before, during, and after that fateful day.

Register at https://spymuseum.org/calendar/9-11-the-intelligence-angle-teacher-professional-development-workshop/2021-09-02/

This program is made possible thanks to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.

Middle & High School Teachers - Join International Spy Museum
Youth Edu. Team & SPY historian TOMORROW (9/2 @ 7pm) for "9/11 - The Intelligence Angle" virtual teacher workshop. We will delve into declassified documents and provide teachers with activities/resources to better understand intelligence before, during, and after that fateful day.

Register at https://spymuseum.org/calendar/9-11-the-intelligence-angle-teacher-professional-development-workshop/2021-09-02/

This program is made possible thanks to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. Tonight, grab a drink and join the Spy Museum’s Family & Youth Progr...
09/01/2021

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. Tonight, grab a drink and join the Spy Museum’s Family & Youth Programs Manager, Jessica Harvey and Director of Adult Education, Amanda Ohlke for a special Spies and Spymaster Happy Hour chat with former CIA analyst Christina Hillsberg.

The author of "License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids," Hillsberg along with her husband Ryan Hillsberg, will share tips to prepare kids for tricky situations, how to teach kids to verify sources, and when it’s okay to persuade them to select the cheesecake you secretly crave.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3kD7PLl

It takes a very particular set of skills to parent. Tonight, grab a drink and join the Spy Museum’s Family & Youth Programs Manager, Jessica Harvey and Director of Adult Education, Amanda Ohlke for a special Spies and Spymaster Happy Hour chat with former CIA analyst Christina Hillsberg.

The author of "License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids," Hillsberg along with her husband Ryan Hillsberg, will share tips to prepare kids for tricky situations, how to teach kids to verify sources, and when it’s okay to persuade them to select the cheesecake you secretly crave.

Register --> https://bit.ly/3kD7PLl

Excited to be recognized by Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for our virtual teaching this past year! I...
08/24/2021

Excited to be recognized by Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for our virtual teaching this past year!

Interested in booking one of our award-winning workshops for your class? Learn more at www.spymuseum.org!

Happy Mother's Day to all the "spy moms" who have eyes in the back of their head (yes...we know you do!).
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day to all the "spy moms" who have eyes in the back of their head (yes...we know you do!).

Happy Mother's Day to all the "spy moms" who have eyes in the back of their head (yes...we know you do!).

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 🍎At SPY, we have had the pleasure of working with amazing teachers from all over the wo...
05/04/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 🍎

At SPY, we have had the pleasure of working with amazing teachers from all over the world. We are in awe of the dedication, resilience, and resourcefulness that teachers have demonstrated during this challenging time. We are proud to support teachers by providing innovative and engaging experiences and free resources that inspire and delight students. https://bit.ly/2AtH1Kv

As a small token of our appreciation, all educators receive 25% off at the Spy Store!
https://spymuseumstore.org/

Use the passcode SpyTeachers25 for online purchase or mention the code in-store. *Valid May 3—8, 2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 🍎

At SPY, we have had the pleasure of working with amazing teachers from all over the world. We are in awe of the dedication, resilience, and resourcefulness that teachers have demonstrated during this challenging time. We are proud to support teachers by providing innovative and engaging experiences and free resources that inspire and delight students. https://bit.ly/2AtH1Kv

As a small token of our appreciation, all educators receive 25% off at the Spy Store!
https://spymuseumstore.org/

Use the passcode SpyTeachers25 for online purchase or mention the code in-store. *Valid May 3—8, 2021

Coming soon...new curriculum resources on fake news and propaganda, revised Cuban Missile Crisis classroom simulation ma...
04/22/2021
International Spy Museum Receives $150,000 Grant from Pritzker Military Foundation

Coming soon...new curriculum resources on fake news and propaganda, revised Cuban Missile Crisis classroom simulation materials, and more, thanks to a grant from the Pritzker Military Foundation!

The grant will support a slate of live virtual and in-person public education programs for youth and adult audiences as well as digital curriculum and resources inspired by pivotal moments of and iconic symbols from the Cold War.

In honor of #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, join International Spy Museum virtually on April 10th for a special version of our...
04/02/2021
Access to SPY: Spy Skills Virtual Workshop

In honor of #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, join
International Spy Museum virtually on April 10th for a special version of our SPY SKILLS workshop for the autistic community!

Thanks to our sponsor Embassy of the State of Qatar for making this virtual program possible!

We are pleased to offer our most popular virtual workshop, Spy Skills, to the autistic community!  Do you have what it takes to go undercover, decrypt secret messages and think like a gadget-maker to solve problems? In this skill-based program, interactive…

Lifting the veil of secrecy on the "I Spy" books and photos. "Part of what made these books so magical is that all of th...
03/25/2021
How 'I Spy' Books Are Made

Lifting the veil of secrecy on the "I Spy" books and photos. "Part of what made these books so magical is that all of the images were created with real objects." https://youtu.be/sz8luEznxbM

The "I Spy" book series has captured the imagination of millions of readers. Part of what made these books so magical is that all of the images were created ...

Spy camp is like no other virtual experience! Missions take recruits beyond their computers and out into the world, they...
03/23/2021
Virtual Spy Camp

Spy camp is like no other virtual experience! Missions take recruits beyond their computers and out into the world, they build gadgets, meet real spies and who knows?....they may just uncover a mole in their ops. https://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/virtual-spy-camp/2021-06-28/

Calling All Recruits: Test your tradecraft with our Live, Action Packed, Virtual Spy Camp-The mission is classified, but the fun is not! BRIEFING:   Recruits, we need your help!  From the moment recruits receive their super-secret spy kit they will…

We are excited to offer our Cornerstones family program to DCPS high school students and their families tomorrow.  Our t...
02/25/2021
DCPS Darrell Blocker

We are excited to offer our Cornerstones family program to DCPS high school students and their families tomorrow. Our topic is learning how to make decisions when the stakes are high and the pressure is on. They will learn from real former CIA "spy" Darrell Blocker and try their hand at our Red Team interactive. #DCPS #Cornerstones #spy #

Check out the line up on this program! Code Girls author, Liza Mundy, Virginia Hall, A Woman of No Importance author, So...
02/17/2021
Sisterhood of Spies - A Virtual Girl Scout Event

Check out the line up on this program! Code Girls author, Liza Mundy, Virginia Hall, A Woman of No Importance author, Sonia Purnell, former CIA spy, Tracy Walder, and former CIA chief of disguise, Jonna Mendez.
https://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/sisterhood-of-spies-a-virtual-girl-scout-event/2021-03-06/

Calling all Girl Scouts! Celebrate Women’s History Month with the International Spy Museum and learn about the Sisterhood of Spies.  Explore the fascinating history of women in espionage and meet former female practitioners with the International Spy…

Our spy magician, Peter Wood is on the CW tonight on Penn & Teller Can't Fool Us! See him live (virtually live) in our c...
01/30/2021
The Magic of Spying

Our spy magician, Peter Wood is on the CW tonight on Penn & Teller Can't Fool Us! See him live (virtually live) in our custom Spy Magic on February 28th!

You just saw him on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, now join professional magician Peter Wood as he performs the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art…

12/27/2020
SPY: INSPIRING CURIOSITY & LEARNING from SPY Video Team on Vimeo

When the pandemic hit, we went full 100 percent virtual in our teaching. We didn't miss a beat - we just continued to serve students, teachers, families and hospitalized children in the same way we always have - sparking curiosity - smiles and "a-ha moments." We have just a few short days left to raise much needed funds (and every dollar matched!) to keep our programs robust. Consider a donation by clicking here- no amount is too small! https://www.spymuseum.org/support-spy/

We can identify!  The Museum may be temporarily closed due to Mayor's orders (starting 12/23-1/15) but our virtual progr...
12/22/2020

We can identify! The Museum may be temporarily closed due to Mayor's orders (starting 12/23-1/15) but our virtual programs continue. Consider a booking a private Covert Couch family game night for your family and family members and friends across the country. Is grandma a better spy than uncle Harry? Find out in this interactive mission-based game! https://www.spymuseum.org/education-programs/kids-families/covert-couch-challenge/

Teaching virtually has its highs and lows.  We consider this chat from today's DCPS students a high!
12/17/2020

Teaching virtually has its highs and lows. We consider this chat from today's DCPS students a high!

We are looking forward to our first ever virtual Access to SPY program for autistic children and their families on Sunda...
12/11/2020
Access to SPY

We are looking forward to our first ever virtual Access to SPY program for autistic children and their families on Sunday. Thank you to our sponsor: The Embassy of the State of Qatar in the United States.

COVID 19 has hit everyone hard, but for autistic individuals and their families, this time has been particularly difficult.  Not being able to go to school, museums or many of the places, we love has made our world even smaller.   Because the Spy Museum…

We are excited to meet 200 social studies teachers at our Secret History of History Happy Hour tonight with NCSS!
12/04/2020

We are excited to meet 200 social studies teachers at our Secret History of History Happy Hour tonight with NCSS!

Mission Accomplished Agent Brayden!  You were able to track the missing gadget to the rooftop where you met real former ...
11/25/2020

Mission Accomplished Agent Brayden! You were able to track the missing gadget to the rooftop where you met real former "spy" and Spy Museum Executive Director, Chris Costa - and celebrate with a mission success donut party! Who could ask for anything more?! Happy 8th birthday to our newest recruit!

Agent Brayden...your early morning Spy Museum birthday mission awaits.
11/25/2020

Agent Brayden...your early morning Spy Museum birthday mission awaits.

Girl Power this Sunday!  Join us for Girl Scout Day (virtual) where you can meet real former spies, practice your Ninja ...
11/19/2020
Virtual Girl Scout Day

Girl Power this Sunday! Join us for Girl Scout Day (virtual) where you can meet real former spies, practice your Ninja stealth skills and test your spy skills and savvy on interactive missions!

Do you have what it takes to be a spy?  Find out at Virtual Girl Scout Day with the International Spy Museum!  Your spy smarts and street savvy will be put to the test in Spy School workshops where you will learn the tricks of the trade.  Scouts will…

11/15/2020
Bored Teachers

We hear you and we're here for you.

So thankful for all of the hardworking educators out there... ❤️

Dr Bear is in the house!  Welcome Seacrest Studios ChildrensNational MedicalCenter
10/28/2020

Dr Bear is in the house! Welcome Seacrest Studios ChildrensNational MedicalCenter

If you're going to dream...dream big...or fast...or super cool!  What features would your spy car have?  Road & Track Ma...
10/26/2020

If you're going to dream...dream big...or fast...or super cool! What features would your spy car have? Road & Track Magazine

Have your recruits test their spy skills in our new Outschool class: Spy Skills: Tradecraft Try-its! Sign up today for O...
10/16/2020
Spy Skills: Tradecraft Try-Its | Small Online Class for Ages 9-12

Have your recruits test their spy skills in our new Outschool class: Spy Skills: Tradecraft Try-its! Sign up today for Oct. 21 at 4pm OR Nov. 3 at 2pm EST!

Explore the shadow-world of espionage through stories, artifacts & tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover. In this skill-based class, interactive tasks & real-world stories will be used to answer the question: could you be a spy?

Happy #WorldTeachersDay! It's no secret, we love teachers. Thank you for all you do!Explore SPY’s virtual Educator Page ...
10/05/2020

Happy #WorldTeachersDay! It's no secret, we love teachers. Thank you for all you do!

Explore SPY’s virtual Educator Page for free lesson plans, resources, and activities that support traditional curriculum. https://bit.ly/3c8oIrW

Shhhh... we'll let you in on a little secret  - Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise,  is making a guest appearanc...
09/27/2020
Spies in Disguise: Halloween Edition

Shhhh... we'll let you in on a little secret - Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise, is making a guest appearance at our Halloween Disguise Workshop on October 15th. Sign up today before we sell out - keeping the numbers down so we can all try out our new looks! https://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/spies-in-disguise-halloween-edition/2020-10-15/

Ditch the Halloween costume and go undercover in disguise! This Halloween take your transformation to the next level by learning the top secret tradecraft used by spies on undercover missions.  Meet Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise and learn…

09/24/2020
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International Spy Museum virtual interactive workshop but unsure of what to expect? SPY on our new commercial to see for yourself!

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Providing engaging, interactive virtual workshops is nothing new to us - we have over 8 years' experience offering our award-winning programs! Our LIVE, mult...

ATTN FAMILIES: Join International Spy Museum TONIGHT (9/17) at our Covert Couch Challenge - virtual Family Game night as...
09/17/2020
The Covert Couch Challenge

ATTN FAMILIES: Join International Spy Museum TONIGHT (9/17) at our Covert Couch Challenge - virtual Family Game night as we go undercover and try and help an agent in the field! Mission starts at 5pm EST!

Advance Registration Required: https://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/the-covert-couch-challenge/2020-09-17/ ($10/connection)

Does your family have what it takes to be spies? Now’s your chance to find out! The International Spy Museum is infiltrating your home for an action packed Family Game Night. Hosted by a Museum Educator, participants will race against the clock to complete…

We created this curriculum guide in honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 but the lessons withstand the test of time.  http...
09/12/2020

We created this curriculum guide in honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 but the lessons withstand the test of time. https://spy-museum.s3.amazonaws.com/files/september-11-the-intelligence-angle.pdf

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Where is the Jeffrey H. Jackson book discussion today?
As we roll up to another Halloween season, I'd like to remind folks of last year's spooooookycast featuring DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder about the DIA’s investigation into telekinesis, telepathy, remote viewing, and other spooky stuff which is a subject I study. Overall I think they came to the same conclusion I did years ago: you can test a million tone deaf people and conclude that neither perfect nor relative pitch exists, but test just one musician and you'll find a bit of both. As per their "mind over matter" testing, brainwaves leaving the skull do perturb neuromagnetometers, but I'm more concerned with deep abdominal clenching producing outward force. Short of buying candles to test it on the toilet, the several times I've been led to believe this happens I also think about the high tech haunted houses I told folks at parties about in the early 1990s using magnets to move doors. I also loved to talk about drone warfare back then, too. At one party I could almost read the name of the Blue Angel flying just above the tree tops adjacent to the property. Years prior at graduation I'd been ordered not to ask test pilot Chuck Yeager any questions, so I chose my words very carefully to put the general in a happy place. Early neurolinguistic studies, for sure, and a love for psychological operations. Remote viewing creeps me out.
This reimagination of the CIA's Acoustic Kitty cyborg cat study is just too much for me to find the proper words to describe. Meow…
Hey Everyone - help spread the word to any kids out there who might want to enter! We are accepting entries now through... well we think May. All entries will soon be posted in a Gadget Gallery on our website and our judges (CIA gadget experts) will be reviewing and commenting on all entries. Ready...set...go!
When I first read of Hmong (pronounced mong) Sudden Death Syndrome in my "Abnormal Psychology" textbook by Sue, Sue, and Sue I knew something was suspicious about CIA-trained soldiers immigrating to the U.S. to mysteriously die from culture shock.
What work do you do dad? I'm not at liberty to divulge that.
Robert G. Heath was a racist brain implant hacker in the 1950's. HIs claims of taraxein have been intertwined with my curiosity of what killed the cat since the push to debunk it decades after the fact.
Over the years I've noticed cellphones will make my radio alarm speaker make strange noises if sitting nearby. In the movie "Breached" about traitor Robert Hanssen, he blames GPS.
Is there a video series that showcases America that students can learn from so that folks don't grow up thinking their entire world population is what it's like outside their door and everywhere else is "[redacted]," to quote Trump? A lot of America looks out their window thinking there's plenty of wide open space for everyone to fit. World travelers know better. I'd love to see a repository of educational material with fact-checking built in. One-stop shopping to know the truth, even if it relies on a Glomar exemption: "We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the information requested but, hypothetically, if such data were to exist, the subject matter would be classified, and could not be disclosed."
Being reminded of a 2014 article about a supercomputer modeling 1 second of brain activity in 40 minutes, decades ago on a Twilight Zone type of show they featured a hockey puck sized diamond neural network. Printing 3D diamonds into such a circuit could be interesting aiming for specs like a one megabit integer rather than 64 bits.
I had this terrible thought the other day of being quick-changed into costume and whacked in the leg to alter my stride.
So there's this drone being advertised that doesn't use GPS, but instead a camera to recognize where it took off from in order to land there again. I'm wondering how much payload it could carry; my antivirus doesn't seem to like their site.