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In February 2018, sixteen US governors invited girls enrolled in their high schools to discover cyber security by playing Girls Go CyberStart. The participating states included (west to east) Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine.

  1. 6,554 high school girls registered in just 17 days
  2. The competition lasted for 6 days
  3. While 35.6% of the girls had an interest in cyber security before playing, 69.8% said that they will consider a career in cyber security after playing Girls Go CyberStart
  4. Girls who thought that they may not be suited for the industry found that they were good at solving puzzles and liked programming
  5. The girls who played were tenacious (see multiple notes below including wanting to play on Saturday to keep learning)
  6. CyberStart developed creativity and problem-solving skills
  7. CyberStart brought high-end cyber security education to rural schools and others who might not have had computer teachers

NBC News published a strong review of GirlsGoCyberStart and why it is important to young women.