Learn more about the CyberMiSTS project at our webinar on February 25, 2020
See our 3 minute video about CyberMiSTS project at the 2019 STEMvideohall:
With the increasing adoption of automation and Artificial Intelligence, the need for more cybersecurity professionals is increasingly important. Increasing awareness and interest in cybersecurity careers requires providing all students meaningful exposure to cybersecurity concepts and careers during middle school. Teachers need interactive, turnkey curriculum that doesn’t require a computer lab but does include assessments with answer keys.
Our Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS) project will host summer workshops that provide middle school educators the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers.
In the CyberMiSTS workshops, teachers will learn from cybersecurity researchers, engage in hands-on activities and customize cybersecurity course materials for their own classrooms. Rather than dive deeply into underlying math and science, the focus will be on key concepts and big questions to encourage participation from a broad and diverse set of students.
Educators are expected to use the curriculum in their own classroom during the 2020/21 school year and provide data and feedback back to the CyberMiSTS team.
CyberMiSTS’ goal is increasing student interest in cybersecurity careers; it does not address cyberbullying.
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• Educators must be able to attend all 10 days of the CyberMiSTS workshop.
• Preference given to educators who are middle school or CTE teachers in Suffolk County (NY) schools.
• Permission and support from school administrators required.
• No prior cybersecurity or coding experience is required for teachers or their students.
• A computer lab is not required to implement the CyberMiSTS curriculum back in the classroom.
• The workshop is limited to 20 participants.
• $1000 stipend and up to 57 hours of CTLE (Continuing Teacher and Leader Education) for participants who complete the workshop.
• Create customized cybersecurity curriculum with hands on activities.
• Access to branching web comics to engage the interest of students.
• Collaboration tool to facilitate ongoing discussions and support with other CyberMiSTS educators after the workshop.