June 10, 2020 (Frisco, Texas) – While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused much to shut down around the world, Project Cyber took the opportunity to adapt its programming for virtual delivery and to extend our reach beyond Southern California. We remain committed to our mission to inspire and empower females of all ages to succeed in the field of cybersecurity. To do so, we need to keep getting out there to introduce girls to cybersecurity concepts and professions!
As with many summer programs around the country (and the world!), the Frisco Education Foundation’s annual Mindbender Academy Summer Camp in Frisco, TX, went virtual this year. Mindbender Academy focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), and aims to introduce students to careers they may not have previously considered, as well as the skill sets necessary to be successful in those fields. Project Cyber was thrilled to join in that mission and adapted our “Insider Detection” program to bring cybersecurity to the Mindbender Academy students - virtually.
With volunteer support from Bank of America, Project Cyber facilitated eight virtual sessions with over 200 students, who worked through digital evidence and clues to solve a high-profile (fictional) cybercrime at “Global Gold Record Studio,” while learning fundamental cybersecurity concepts. About Project Cyber’s “Insider Detection” exercise, one middle schooler said, “This was my absolute favorite session. I loved solving a crime using logical reasoning, searching for clues, and working together to solve a problem.”
We hope to see the Mindbender Academy students again next summer!