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Cyber Discovery Participants Complete Final Cyber Challenge


From Staff Reports



Last week, high school teachers and students converged on the campus of Louisiana Tech University to take part in the 6th annual Cyber Discovery program.

Throughout the week, students and teachers were fully immersed into the world of cyber and experienced hands-on engineering and computer science labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt, creative writing assignments, evening cyber film sessions, and collaborative team discussions.

The weeklong program concluded Saturday with students competing in the Final Cyber Challenge. Cyber Discovery is provided by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center and hosted at Louisiana Tech University.

Before arriving at Cyber Discovery, 32 teachers attended two one-day professional development workshops. The workshops prepared the teachers for the weeklong summer program with their students and allowed them to network with Louisiana Tech University faculty. With the increase in the number of schools participating this year, the 16 high schools were divided into two camps. This week includes eight high school teams from across the state (Airline, Ascension Christian, Dunham, Haughton, C.E. Byrd, David Thibodeaux STEM Academy, Parkway, and Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing). Next Monday, June 3, 2013, another eight schools will take part in the program.

For more information about Cyber Discovery, NICERC’s professional development opportunities, and other educational programs offered by NICERC, visit www.NICERC.org.

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