Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.
Program Dates & Times
Week 1: Oxon Hill HS (December 2nd, 4th, 6th)
Cyber Week is free to all participants!
More About the Program
The primary goal for the Cyber Week program is to use a series of curriculums to be freely distributed and geared towards K-12 students to introduce and expose students to major Cybersecurity principles. The curriculums are be packaged with ideas for events which highlight a specific cyber topic for each day, with topics ranging from the simple cyber hygiene of strong passwords to more nuanced behavior, like recognizing phishing messages.
As we all know, the Internet is a large part of every student’s life. Whether it comes to completing assignments to browsing the web, children are large consumers of the internet. With that, the issue at hand is if mature, tech savvy adults can fall for online scams, we need to ensure that children’s lack of experience will be protected through cybersecurity education at a young age.
Through Cyber Week, these young children will be able to learn how to have a secure cyber presence and allow for teachers to be open about online safety with their students. Cybersecurity is a focus that provides crucial information to students regardless of the career path they choose in the future. Privacy lessons, such as only speaking to those they know, having limited information be public, and using the internet for appropriate uses are all lessons that can be applied towards the cyberspace. Additionally, we will be diving into topics students face on a day to day basis, such as cyberbullying prevention and how safe online behavior is crucial to a student's well-being.
Children have the brightest minds and are full of curiosity towards various subjects, technology included. These students are the backbone to our future innovation economy. It is vital that they are equipped with cybersecurity skills at a young age in order to bring this knowledge to the workforce and allow their families, communities, and country to be as safe from threats as possible.
The ultimate goal of Cyber Week is to teach current students how to be safe and conscious consumers, creators, and citizens, five days at a time -- stopping threats before they could happen.
For more information, contact Samina.
Monday: What is Cyber? / How to Make a Strong Password with LastPass & DoD STEM Lesson 1 (Intro)
Tuesday: Identifying Cyber Threats/Bullying & Exploring AWS Educate (AWS InCommunities- Building Better Communities with Technology)
Wednesday: Fun with Phishing & Creating Social Good with Girl Up (Building Girl Power with STEM) & DoD STEM Lesson 2 (Finding Job Prospects)
Thursday: Detecting Scams & Pop-Ups & Understanding National Security with Girl Security (Building Leadership Skills)
Friday: Cyber Celebration with Encryption & Learning with Girls Who Code/CodeVA (Sisterhood, Empowerment) & DoD STEM Lesson 3 (How to Stay Involved)
Female Cyber Tech Heros of History to Present featured everyday of the week!
*Each day of the week will be packaged with a cyber topic as well as information on local technology organizations for students to be introduced to. These organizations are included for students to explore their interests in STEM, learn about future job prospects, and take on future opportunities to further their involvement in their community! Organizations are subject to change based on the Cyber Week held -- more updates to come!