Where can seniors take middle school students on a field trip during a cold, snowy day? On Monday, January 27, 2014 this intergenerational group visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. as a Catholic Schools Week activity. Jennings Center for Older Adults hosted the students and used videoconference technology for a live, interactive program. Together they explored the shadow-world of espionage through the unique artifacts and tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover. From the shoe-heel listening device to the WWII German Enigma machine, the audience learned about the secret history of history and moments when spying changed the course of history.
The intergenerational students studied a scene to spot suspicious and possible spy activities. They discovered top secret spy tricks, like stones that hide keys, cans that hold cameras and parts of nature that look like transmitters. Using critical thinking, observation, and analysis skills we tested our spy skills on a sample surveillance video while seeking an undercover agent in a brilliant disguise. Most importantly, the audience understood some additional Internet safety when we discussed the type of research online that can offer a stranger more information than is safe. It is an honor to participate in Catholic Schools Week with the students! Find some activities of your own when you explore the International Spy Museum web site: https://www.spymuseum.org/