Air Force Association CyberCamp

   

Air Force Association CyberCamp
5/17/2018 10:08:00 AM

Register now for the Air Force Association's (AFA) CyberCamp program hosted by EAST this summer. Spaces are limited!

For Immediate Release

5/3/2018

AFA CyberCamp Hosted by EAST

Little Rock, AR – EAST is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2018 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program this summer. This program is made possible through the support of AT&T.

 

As an AFA CyberCamp host, EAST will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.

 

Up to 20 students entering 6th through 12th grades can sign up for EAST’s AFA CyberCamp, which will be held June 11-15, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily, at EAST headquarters in Little Rock.  Lunch is provided daily. It will be taught by local computer and cybersecurity professionals.

 

“Most of the time when you hear about cybersecurity in the news it is because something bad has happened. EAST wants to change that dialogue. We are offering this camp to introduce students to the concepts of cybersecurity, the importance of cybersecurity to all of us, and to get students interested in pursuing this and other STEM fields as a career path. We are grateful to AT&T for offering EAST students this opportunity,” said James Hopper, Development Coordinator for EAST.

 

In addition to hosting one of the first AFA CyberCamps, EAST will support middle and high school team(s) in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for the second consecutive year this fall.

 

To register for CyberCamp, please visit http://bit.ly/EAST18CyberCamp. Deadline to register and pay is May 25, 2018 by 5pm.

 

About CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.  In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has three other programs for various age groups. The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) was designed to introduce young students to online safety. The Cyber Education Literature Series was created to teach younger children about cyber safety with the debut of the illustrated Children’s book: Sarah the Cyber Hero. The newest program for CyberPatriot is CyberGenerations: a senior citizens guide to cyber safety that will premiere in late spring 2018. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.

 

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is education accelerated by service and technology. EAST inspires change. Through EAST, schools are empowered with technology, by encouraging critical thinking and creative problem-solving and by engaging them in positive real-world experiences. EAST advocates lifelong learning and community service. Through EAST, participants become positive agents of change to improve the world around them. To learn more about EAST, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.

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