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CyberPatriot Competitions Begin!

CyberPatriot is the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program, created to motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for high school and middle school students, AFA CyberCamps, an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative, the Cyber Education Literature Series, and CyberGenerations – the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cyber Safety.     The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition The national youth cyber defense competition is an online, tournament-structured event in which teams of 2-6 students are scored how well they identify and secure known vulnerabilities on a virtual network. Through a partnership with Cisco, they are also tested on a networking curriculum and are required to build secure, virtual networks.  Students compete in three divisions:  • Open Division: Open to all high schools, scouting units, boys and girls clubs, home school programs, and other approved youth organizations  • All Service High School Division: JROTC programs / Civil Air Patrol / Naval Sea Cadet Corps  • Middle School Division: Open to teams of middle school students     After a series of online qualification rounds, the top teams advance to the National Finals Competition, an in-person event held in Baltimore, Md., each spring. Winners are awarded scholarships, and all registered competitors are eligible to apply for internship opportunities. Not only is the competition fun and exciting, it also creates a career path for today’s students, fostering continued education from middle school through college and into the beginning of their careers.      BTEC Students competed in Round 1 on Friday, November 2nd.  Our next round will be on Friday, December 7th.