Spy Academy

Spy Academy

Grab a fake mustache, trench coat, and magnifying glass because Spy Academy is going to make your Doer a Master Spy! Children use mathematical skills in this exhibit where Spy Recruits solve their way through covert missions. They will make and break codes, use their powers of logic and deductive reasoning, and use their spatial and geometry skills to prepare for assignments and help fellow spies out of sticky situations.

Learning Objectives

  • Provides opportunities to learn through exploration, observation, and repetition.

  • Teaches math skills such as logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and early algebraic thinking—all through the lens of a Spy! 

Activities by Recommended Age
  • 5 to 7 years-old: Vent Crawl-- A “secret” air duct provides an opportunity for kids to make a map that is good enough to be used by others.  By using non-standard measuring devices (like a plastic banana or rubber chicken!), kids log distances on their maps. They also have a great time climbing through the vent from one end of the gallery to the other. 

  • 7 to 9 years-old: Simulation House-- A mock house contains a series of secret safes and dead drops hidden throughout. Kids follow patterns to create an image over the mantel, arrange items on a bookshelf to follow a hidden pattern, or join a game while lounging on oversized chairs in the center. If kids are clever enough they open up a secret passageway that leads them to a laser maze behind a bookcase!

  • 9 to 11 years-old: An ongoing game underlies Spy Academy. Upon entering you begin as a Spy Recruit. By solving problems throughout the exhibit you collect a code that gains you access to the Headquarters. Inside is the high-tech center of the Spy Academy. There, kids can create their unique Spy Academy Badge and continue to “level-up” until they reach the Master Spy level.

  • Don’t forget to keep your Spy Academy Badge to bring back to The DoSeum!

  • If your Doer is a Master Spy, they are invited to attend our annual Master Spy Symposium! A panel of Master Spies meet and work together to create new clues and activity for Spy Academy!

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