A National Cyber Challenge: CyberStart America Free for All U.S. High School Students; $2 Million in College Scholarships
"The US Starts Enders Hacking Game" is the title of today's story on CyberStart America in The Register. Free to every high school student in the country, CyberStart America has a fighting chance of eliminating the advanced cyber skills pipeline advantage that China and Russia have established. Designed both for students who have played with technology and students who had no idea they could be good at it (through the "novice level,") the game allows students to become virtual cyber protection agents where they solve very real world problems. Those who enjoy it can progress through hundreds of challenges learning at every level through cryptography, Linux, Python programing all the way to reverse malware engineering. Teachers report it is the best program for teaching creative problem-solving skills they have seen. Students who solve 20% of the challenges are eligible for the scholarship round where $2,000,000 in college scholarships will be awarded for use at the college of their choice. The qualification round starts on October 30 and lasts until the end of February.
As of noon today (Eastern) 830 students are engaged.