Of special interest to this group is the expansion of the CyberPatriot program across the Midwest. The aim of this program is to ensure that we have a steady stream of young people entering the field of Cyber Security!
So don’t miss the opportunity to shape the future in the Midwest by helping us spread the word and support these efforts.
CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. Jr. High Students only compete against other Jr. High Students from across the country.
At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Through the AFA CyberCamp program, schools and educational organizations can purchase a curriculum kit consisting of five four-hour instruction modules, accompanying instructor's guides, student workbooks, demonstration software, and Competition software that will teach students important skills in cyber safety and cybersecurity. The 20-hour curriculum is designed to be completed over five days, with the fifth day serving as a day of mini-Competition. All sessions are Monday through Friday, with Friday being the mini-Competition day.
AFA CyberCamps are available in two formats: Standard and Advanced. Standard AFA CyberCamps teach beginner students the basics while Advanced AFA CyberCamps incorporates more complex concepts geared towards students who have previously participated in a CyberCamp or participated on a CyberPatriot team.
The CyberGenerations program covers basic topics of and provides additional resources which can help our seniors identify potential cyberattacks directed at them or their loved ones.
The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles.
Like other CyberPatriot programs, the ESCEI aims to excite students about STEM education and careers by teaching them about cybersecurity in an engaging way.
Celebrating the 11th Season of CyberPatriot with the Michigan teams, coaches, mentors and sponsors, by invitation only. May 3, 2019
Multiple locations and dates over the Summer of 2019. Check back after May 10, 2019.