CyberPatriot, a program created by the US Air Force, is a youth cyber education program and cyber defense competition offering middle school and high school divisions. The program was created to increase interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education and cyber security. The first cyber defense competition was held in 2009 with just eight teams in Florida, since then, it has grown to over 4,400 teams across the United States.
Teams compete online and are scored on how well they identify vulnerabilities in a simulated virtual network. Winners of the online competitions are invited to attend the, all expense paid, National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Maryland held in April 2018 and winners receive national recognition and are awarded scholarships.
Each team consists of a coach and 2-6 competitors (up to 5 competitors, 1 alternate) and an optional team mentor and/or assistant. On-line training materials are provided.
Teams need to be registered by October 4, 2017, there is a fee of $205 per team (to increase the number of females in STEM, there is no charge for all female teams)
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Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys who have benefited from some amazing STEM opportunities!