East Brunswick, NJ
Mar 1, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
The program will educate girls on cybersecurity concepts and teach them to develop their own mobile application. Girls will learn about different hacking techniques and basic cybersecurity precautions. They will then learn Scratch and mobile app development. Lastly, the girls will apply their knowledge as they address a community need.
Provided by Aparna and Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ

Program Dates & Times

03/01/2020 Session 1 - Cybersecurity

03/08/2020 Session 2 - Cybersecurity

03/15/2020 Session 3 - Scratch

03/22/2020 Session 4 - Mobile App Development

03/29/2020 Session 5 - Project Development

Each lesson will last from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. 


6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


The cost is $40 for the program and full scholarships will be offered. 

More About the Program

The first two sessions will cover the subject of cybersecurity. In the first session, the students will learn the basics of cybersecurity. I will start with an explanation of what cybersecurity is and what it means to be a "white hat" hacker. I will then cover the topics of encryption, basic cryptography, two-factor authorization, phishing emails, social engineering, a man-in-the-middle attack, personally identifiable information, and metadata. The students will learn through hands-on based instruction, following activities based on the ones in the Girl Scouts guide. By the end of the first session, the students will have earned the Cybersecurity Basics badge and half of the Cybersecurity Safeguards badge.

In the second session, students will learn about End-User Licensing Agreements and their digital footprint. The students will then solve a series of fictional cyber crimes as they explore the concepts of password safety, phishing emails, social engineering, log files, and protecting their identities. The students will then be provided with resources that they can explore if they are interested in learning more. By the end of session 2, the students will have completed the Cybersecurity Safeguards badge and the Cybersecurity Investigator badge.

In the third session, the students will learn how to program in Scratch. They will learn about the basic concepts of programming (variables, data types, loops, functions, etc.) which will help them if they wish to learn other programming languages. They will learn to program in Scratch through a series of activities and projects. By the end of the lesson, they will have applied their knowledge to program a simple game.

In the fourth session, the students will learn about app development using MIT App Inventor. There will be a review of programming concepts in the format of a game. Next, the students will learn about app development through a series of activities and projects. By the end of the lesson, the students will have applied their knowledge to program an app.

In the last session, the students will be asked to listen to a guest speaker. The students will have opportunities to ask the guest speaker questions about their job, applications of what they learned, and more. Then, the students will be asked to think of a community need and how they could address that need with what they learned. The students will be encouraged to think big and will be given aid throughout the process.


Session 1 & Session 2 - Cybersecurity 

By the end of these two sessions, the girls will have earned the Cybersecurity Basics badge, the Cybersecurity Safeguards badge, and the Cybersecurity Investigator badge for Cadettes. 

Session 3 - Scratch 

The girls will learn to program in Scratch and will make a game by the end of the session. 

Session 4 - App Development 

By the end of the session, the girls will have made an app. 

Session 5 - Community & Beyond 

After listening to a guest speaker who is a professional in the field, the girls will be given the chance to have a Q&A session with the speaker. The girls will then start brainstorming and developing ideas for how they might use what they learned to benefit their community. This could be helpful to girls looking to pursue their Silver Award. 

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