We know that cybersecurity is a subject that is evolving fast, and it can be difficult to make lesson plans for classroom teaching. This is why the huge range of topics covered in CyberStart Game are up to date, relevant, hands-on and developed by industry experts.
Building on the success of previous CyberStart programs like Girls Go CyberStart, high school students of any gender can now get access to our fun, free online learning games through CyberStart America.
The program gives students free access to CyberStart Game until April 2021, through which they can progress at their own pace; solving puzzles, completing challenges, and gaining skills in cybersecurity. Students can play just for fun, to improve problem-solving and digital skills, or can use the CyberStart America program to qualify and train for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition. Teachers can leave their students to have fun learning Game independently, or can incorporate the free educational game into lesson plans, or set it as online homework.Read about the history of CyberStart in the US
Eligible high school students can register for CyberStart America now.See full criteria here.
Sign up to be the first to hear about upcoming webinars, resources, and opportunities for students at your school. No previous cybersecurity knowledge or experience is required to join - just an enthusiasm to inspire your students to up their digital skills.
The programming challenges were amazing, and so were the command line questions. My students were very engaged, I could not get them to leave.
None of my students had any experience with cybersecurity, Linux, Python, or really with anything that the challenges were based on. The final weekend of the challenge was the beginning of our school vacation week...[but] three-quarters of the girls spent most of Saturday and Sunday in my classroom with me! There aren't too many things that would get high school students to sacrifice two days of vacation to work on education!
This is a great opportunity for girls to get a chance to gain skills that could get them interested in a whole new field of jobs that has a very limited number of females. Many girls don't get the chance to learn about cybersecurity and the ongoing issues within the cyber world, but after doing these challenges, people like me who had no idea what cybersecurity even was got a great understanding about this field
Prior to playing CyberStart, 36% [of students] had an interest in computer science or cybersecurity careers. After playing, 70% did.
It is accessible but not trivial and the Field Manual is a great way to review and enhance skills
It is presented in a fun, interactive environment that encourages students to problem-solve, code, and learn how Computer Science works. My students loved the challenge. We heard them say, ‘I am so smart’ and ‘Let me help you’ over and over during the course of the program. It was awesome!
This Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers workshop took place December 9 2020 at
4pm ET. Stay tuned for future workshop dates!
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CyberStart turns complex cybersecurity concepts into fun and accessible challenges for students of all abilities.
An all-in-one cybersecurity learning journey teaching a huge array of cybersecurity topics with challenges ranging from easy to extreme.
High scoring students will qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition and compete for life-changing opportunities.
Want to share CyberStart America through your school or district social media channels? Here’s our toolkit of media resources that you’re free to use to promote the program!Download Media Toolkit
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