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Students excel at cyber camp

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Bossier Parish middle school students participated in Junior Cyber Discovery this week.

Amanda Crane/Press-Tribune | An exciting reaction from Benton Middle School students during a round of robotics sumo wrestling.

Amanda Crane/Press-Tribune | An exciting reaction from Benton Middle School students during a round of robotics sumo wrestling.

Students were taught STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts in a week-long day camp that includes a hands-on curriculum for students and an extensive professional development component for teachers. To help students understand the impact of technology on their daily lives, they also participate in interactive discussions, perform skits, write creative essays, and give formal presentations on technology-related topics.

During the week, students build and program robots and design key parts on computer aided design (CAD) stations. Then, they battle it out in a sumo wrestling final event to determine which team comes out on top. Finishing in first was Haughton Middle School, followed by Benton Middle School in a close race for the top prize.

Junior Cyber Discovery is just one program offered to local students by the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), created by the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) to advance its academic outreach and workforce development program.

For more information, visit www.nicerc.org.