AKG’s CEO teaches children about the secrets of language as a puzzle
In late March 2014, AKG CEO Michael Howland addressed a special assembly of 4th & 5th grade students on the learning of language as a puzzle at the Hill School in Middleburg, VA. Mr. Howland spoke to approximately 60 students and 40 adults about language as a puzzle used in secret codes, ciphers and invisible writing. He showed the children how to encrypt and decrypt messages using various alphanumeric and alphabetic substitutions codes and ciphers. Mr. Howland told them about local buried treasure whose location is protected by a Book cipher, described use of handmade quilts as coded messages for the Underground Railroad and concluded with a demonstration of how to make invisible ink.
The Hill students followed up the assemblies with thank-you notes written in a code of their choice which Mr. Howland is presently deciphering. Mr. Howland’s presentation is part of AKG’s community outreach and good citizen program.