Golden Ring Middle girls get involved in cybersecurity


On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Golden Ring Middle School's Business Technology female students attended the Cool Careers for Girls in Cybersecurity Summit at the Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. 

The middle school girls became Cyber Super-Investigators (CSI) for a day to solve a cybercrime. During this interactive crime-solving event, girls learned from women in diverse companies and agencies about what it takes to navigate the professional pipeline in the vast fields of cybersecurity and information assurance, as well as other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Many of the activities and topics included: software engineering, radar, linear programming, networking, law enforcement, geographic information systems, cryptography, penetration testing, systems engineering, and cyber logic cryptography.

The middle school girls completed hands-on activities with cybersecurity and STEM professionals and received clues to the crime. The cybercrime scenario involved the theft of sophisticated technology; a model of a new, advanced radar system had been stolen. A beauty pageant was halted because it was suspected that one of the contestants planned to sell the model during the pageant. There was cyber- and physical evidence that suggested that the model of the radar system might have been smuggled into the pageant as part of the contestants' costumes. 

Only the lead investigators, the cyber professionals who spoke at Cool Careers for CyberSecurity, knew all the details. These clues helped the middle school girls solve the crime.

Story submitted by Asia Lunn, Good News Ambassador and school counselor, Golden Ring Middle School. Photo courtesy of Golden Ring Middle School.
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