Cyber Patriot Teams

Program Overview

Girls in Technology, in partnership with the University of Maryland, sponsors CyberPatriot Girls, a program to support middle and high school girls’ involvement in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program (www.uscyberpatriot.org). CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition and was created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

This program encourages interest in cyber security and STEM by:

  • Addressing the steady decline in students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training that adversely impacts U.S. economic competitiveness and national security
  • Presenting cyber security within a dynamic and interactive fast-moving competition that excites students while exposing them to real world career opportunities
  • Introducing students to a career path they can follow through college by studying STEM disciplines, which will eventually lead to an exciting, in-demand career essential to national security

Students do not require any knowledge about computers. Students will learn everything they need to know from the CyberPatriot training materials and their coaches.

Program Highlights

  • Gaming skills are put to the test by presenting students with practical cyber security scenarios within a dynamic and interactive fast-moving competition
  • Students learn to protect their networks against malicious intrusions perpetrated by the “red team,” made up of real-life cyber experts
  • Team members collaborate with one another, fostering the exchange of shared knowledge about network and data protection
  • FREE participation in the CyberPatriot Competition for all-girl teams
  • Field trip to the CyberPatriot National Competition
  • STEM focused annual event that provides fun, hands-on activities
  • Eligibility for Girls in Technology scholarships and experiences
  • Opportunities to attend Women In Technology events

About the Competition

The National Youth Cyber Defense competition is a series of structured web-based tournament events in which teams of 2-5 students are scored on how well they identify and secure known vulnerabilities on a virtual network image.
●    CyberPatriot is aimed at ANY high school or middle school student.
●    No prior knowledge of cybersecurity needed – experts from the industry will train you.
●    Training materials are designed so any students can excel within the competition.
●    Modest commitment of time to teach cyber security basics.
●    CyberPatriot draws students to STEM by engaging them in an exciting, motivating, and educational competition.
●    The competition is not only fun and exciting; it also creates a career path for today’s students, fostering continued education from high school through college and into the beginning of their careers.

Student interested in starting a Team?

Starting a team at your school is easy! All you need to do is:

  1. Find 2-5 students to commit to be a part of the team
  2. Find a faculty member at your school that is willing to be your coach. The coach is only responsible for registering your team, making sure you have a space to compete, help with identifying the computers to use for the competition, and being present for the practices and competition.
  3. Email cyberpatriotgirls@googlegroups.com to get a mentor assigned to your team.

The first round of competition begins in October, so it is best to have your team set up and registered by mid-September in order to get some practice in! However, if it is past October, you can still set up a team and start learning to prepare for the next competition year. Remember, CyberPatriot Girls is here to help, so email cyberpatriotgirls@googlegroups.com as soon as possible.

CyberPatriot Girls Current Schools

CyberPatriot Girls is currently in the following schools throughout the DC-metro area:

Virginia Schools
  • CS Monroe Technology Center
  • Rachel Carson Middle School
  • George C. Marshall High School
  • Stone Bridge High School
  • Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School
Maryland Schools
  • Mount de Sales Academy
  • Holton-Arms School
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • College Park Academy
  • Elizabeth Seton High School
DC Schools
  • None

 

 

 

 

Interested in being a Mentor?

CyberPatriot Girls is reliant upon volunteers to mentor the CyberPatriot Girl Teams. What is required of a technical mentor:

  • The ability to pass the CyberPatriots’ background check, and sometimes that of the school.
  • The time and ability to read and understand the tools provided by the CyberPatriot program. (about 4 hours)
  •  "A working knowledge of computers and familiarity with operating systems and computer networks, but mentors need not be cyber experts."
  • An interest in education and some ability to teach young people.
  • The time to meet with girls twice a month for two hours each time, often between 3 and 6pm on weekdays, or on the weekend (when there are practice rounds), though it varies.
  • The time to interact with the girls twice more a month, either by email, phone or Skype/Google hangout.

Mentors will not need to:
●    Create curriculum
●    Organize meetings
●    Grade anything
●    Be a cyber professional
●    Be a woman (in fact, some of our teams are co-ed)
●    Be a member of WIT or on staff at one of the schools

If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact send an email to cyberpatriotgirls@googlegroups.com.


Leadership

Kelly McCracken
Chair
kelly.mccracken@gmail.com

Angel Plane
Vice Chair
angel6392@gmail.com

Phyllis Kolmus
Executive Sponsor
pkolmus@gmail.com

Jandelyn Plane
Executive Sponsor
jplane@cs.umd.edu