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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Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women, now that number is just 18%. Girls Who Code helps prepare girls around the country for a future in computer science with free after school programs for 6-12th grade girls.
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If you live near Worcester, MA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is running a club for girls in grades 7 and 8.
Dates: September 5 - December 19, 2017 (excluding November 21, 2017)
Hours: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Registration: Opens On Monday, August 14, 2017 at 9:00am
To register, contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-831-4900.
Registration is now open for CODEIT!, a free program offered by MIT students aimed at decreasing the gender-gap in technology. Middle school girls with little or no programming experience will have the chance to explore computer science through interactive workshops and MIT student mentors. The program meets weekly on Saturday afternoons from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. beginning October 7, 2017 through December 2, 2017 (students are expected to attend all classes). Computers and smartphones will be available for student use and a catered lunch will be provided.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, middle school girls (grades 6-8) will have the opportunity to participate in a free program "Girls Space Day Adventure" being held at MIT's Johnson Ice Rink. This is a FREE program in which young women can participate in hands-on activities while learning about the role of science & engineering in space exploration. They young women will also have a chance to meet and interact with women engineers and scientists.
This event is hosted by The Society of Women Engineers, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MIT AeroAstro department and the MIT Women's Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Student Check-In
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Speakers and Demos
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