The U.S. National High School Cybersecurity Talent Discovery Program Launches on Monday
The U.S. National High School Cybersecurity Talent Discovery Program launches on Monday (1/13). Students play a game (CyberStart) to learn whether they have the aptitude to excel in cybersecurity. It's all online and no teacher expertise in cyber or computers is required. NSF support this year enables high school students in every state to participate. High school girls are eligible to start next week; if five girls do well in a school, they win access to the game for boys as well. Here's how parents and teachers describe the impact of GirlsGoCyberStart:
"Girls Go CyberStart REALLY made a big impact on my daughter! The first year, she had zero experience in computer coding or cybersecurity. After participating, she decided to take AP Comp Sci A and now she won a summer internship at the NJ Cyber Security Office!"
"Before I recruited girls to be a part of this wonderful program, I struggled to get girls to realize they could be computer scientists. I had girls actually saying they were too stupid to do this until I said, 'Just try it.' Some of my girls found out they were good at puzzles, some found out they liked programming. I now have girls asking our counselor about computer science degrees at our local community college."
Twenty-seven state governors personally announced GirlsGoCyberStart this year and encouraged students in their states to "just try it!" The Computer Science Teachers Association is a national cosponsor.
To learn more and/or sign up: https://www.girlsgocyberstart.org/
A personal note to NewsBites readers from Alan Paller: Finding talent early is the single biggest game changer a nation can implement to increase its effectiveness in cyberspace. The UK's CyberDiscovery program proved that the CyberStart game scales to provide full national coverage and identifies large numbers of high-aptitude students even when the student doesn't know s/he has it. Now CyberStart's aptitude discovery program has become available at no cost to all high schools in the US, but it runs only once a year and sign-ups close in two weeks. If you have any relationship with a high school student or teacher or administrator or an email list or Twitter following that includes high school teachers, make sure they know about GirlsGoCyberStart in time to take advantage of it this year.