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October 2016

Prying Eyes

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From shoe shopping and email to operating power plants, digital information keeps America's economy humming. It also tempts e-truders bent on mischief or mayhem. That's why President Obama seeks $19 billion for cybersecurity this year - a $5 billion jump. Have your computer engineers mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month by trying their hand at hacking. See who can keep a secret!                                                                       
Students in grades 3 to 5 learn about codes - and Jefferson's wheel cipher - by making their own codes with a limited number of symbols. They then attempt to break each other's codes and discover the relationship among encryption, decryption, and shared keys.
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Bits & Binary  (Grades 4-12)
Program a Friend  (Grades 1-8)
Build a Hard Drive  (Grades 7-9)
GRADES K-5   |   GRADES 6-8   |   GRADES 9-12

carnegie mellon hackers
Carnegie Mellon University students are learning to thwart cyber attacks by becoming "white hat hackers" - ethical computer sleuths searching for and fixing security gaps before the bad guys can exploit them.

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Spotlight: Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit

The Department of Homeland Security designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Its "Stop, Think, Connect" toolkit includes materials for various audiences, including students and educators, as well as guides to social media, phishing, and other topics.


Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program -- Eight-week paid summer research program for high school students administered by ASEE. Apply by Nov. 30. Learn more.

Verizon App Challenge. No coding experience is required for students to develop apps and win up to $20,000 in prizes. Register teams by November 18.  Lean more.

eCybermission 2017. In this Internet-based science fair, students in grades 6 to 9 can play real super-spy detectives. Entries are due February 22, 2017.   Learn more.
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