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“Spy-WPers” compete in scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum

IWP group at the Spy Museum
The IWP group at the Spy Museum


n Friday, November 5, 2021, the IWP Student Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) organized a visit to Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum. Students, interns, and Faculty Advisor Professor Aaron Danis competed in a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge of espionage and intelligence gathering techniques. Needless to say, chapter members scored high on tests and required tie-breakers to determine a winner.

After a short introductory quiz about intelligence history and pop culture, the highest scoring teams were given a head start to answer a list of questions hidden throughout the museum. The questions covered historical and fictional aspects of espionage and intelligence and prompted each team to use the information displayed in each exhibit. After the hunt ended, the teams revisited the Spy Museum and enjoyed its various exhibits.  Following the museum visit, the students visited a local restaurant to hunt for spies in a more informal environment.

IAFIE member Gillian Hand leading the scavenger hunt
IAFIE member Gillian Hand leading the scavenger hunt

Special thanks to the chapter leadership team for organizing the visit, and Spy Museum employee, IAFIE member, and IWP student Gillian Hand for leading the scavenger hunt!

The International Spy Museum is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It seeks to educate the public on the role of intelligence in both the past and present. The museum’s exhibits highlight the successes, failures, challenges, and controversies surrounding the action of espionage and the national tool of intelligence.

The IWP IAFIE chapter is the first student chapter that was created within IAFIE. IAFIE offers members and students opportunities to expand research, knowledge, and professional development in intelligence education.

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