By: Ethan Mitchell
Samueli Academy has just started its first team to participate in CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot is an Air Force youth program about cyber defense, with the intentions of using newly developed skills for ethical purposes. Any students who have an interest in learning about CyberPatriot and/or participating, are always welcomed to join. Junior student, Alexander Rodriguez, says, “I think it is awesome that people are willing to do these type of activities instead of wasting time and being unproductive.”
What goes on in CyberPatriot? Students can develop skills in technology and learn about computer software programs. Teams compete with each other using a simulation of a computer being attacked or containing malware, which the students must defend against. Students can specialize in one field of the competition, including Linux, Windows, or Networking. Learning these skills are beneficial to STEM careers. CyberPatriot member, William Parker, says, “I love programming and figuring out programs to defend my computer.”
The internet and computers have become a large part of our lives, and may have inspired some to learn more about how they work. What interests the students in CyberPatriot? Rafael Vasquez, a CyberPatriot team member says, “These skills can help a lot with your future career if you are looking into software or computer engineering.” CyberPatriot is a unique opportunity for students to really experience computer technology. This may be something to try for students that are looking into careers such as software engineering or computer engineering / programming.
Currently, the team doesn’t have a meeting day during the week, but are still able to meet up. Members are able to meet once a month on a Saturday at a CyberPatriot training event, which takes place at Irvine Valley College. At school, however, students usually talk about CyberPatriot after school in the Engineering room. The club supervisor, Mr. Janisch, explains, “CyberPatriot is great to get involved in because it would be good to understand the large problem of cyber security, and the details of how it works.”
Students are able to join CyberPatriot anytime, and no prior knowledge about computers is required. This is a full learning experience. If you are interested in joining CyberPatriot, speak to Mr. Janisch, the supervisor. CyberPatriot looks forward to your participation!
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