Girls Go CyberStart
Have you heard that Connecticut is one of only 27 states taking part in Girls Go CyberStart, a contest to encourage high school girls to discover if they have a talent for cybersecurity and computer science? Girls Go CyberStartis a fantastic way to give High School girls a window into CyberSecurity - even with no student experience or teacher expertise!
Where to register:https://girlsgocyberstart.org
A little more info: https://medium.com/girls-go-cyberstart/how-to-run-a-girls-go-cyberstart-club-a136bc0823cd
The process requires a teacher to run a "club". Don't worry, this sounds like another big thing to add to your already busy week, but it's very reasonable. CyberStart has had more student buy-in with less teacher time than any other educational competition in which students have participated!
There are so many reasons to pursue Girls Go CyberStart. Here are just a few. . .
· Girls jump into this all-girls competition with both feet!
· Most girls don't think that a Cyber career could possibly be in their future. CyberStart helps many discover they have what it takes.
· CyberStart is set up for students to be challenged and learn incrementally, no teacher expertise needed.
· The boys in your classroom can start playing once the girls’ performance in Stage 1 qualifies your school for Stage 2 Game.
· It’s entirely free AND you can win $$ for you school.
· After the AP exams, couldn’t you use some engaging, pertinent activities? There are hours of challenges on topics including Python, Cryptography, Linux, Forensics, Social Engineering and Web Vulnerabilities. Check out the sample questions at CyberStartGo - https://go.girlsgocyberstart.org/
We don't know where we may find the next cyber security expert. Could they be sitting in your classroom?
If you have any questions, reach out to Kathy Cruz - Kathy.Cruz@state.ca.gov the Connecticut Point of Contact for this program.