Cyber Literacy II is a project-driven curriculum that expands a student’s understanding of cyberspace through two primary topics: systems engineering and liberal arts. The Cyber Literacy II course builds upon fundamental cyber skills developed in Cyber Literacy and challenges students to go deeper into the world of cyberspace. Students will utilize a microcontroller to construct complex systems that bring together a variety of components on each build and also will realize the significant real world connections as they discuss the liberal arts/ humanities crossovers that exist with today’s technologies. Many aspects of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics are discussed throughout each of the projects. Similarly, students are challenged to create flow-charts with each build as well as tossing out the wiring diagram in favor of reading schematics.
Cyber Literacy II Units
Systems Engineering uses the Parallax Boe-Bot microcontroller as the platform for students to build a variety of multi-component projects, such as: a binary counter; a 4-pushbutton, hackable vault; an infrared remote-controlled Boe-Bot; a planetoid rover; and a minesweeper. Flow charts are used throughout to discuss data flow and even to touch upon pseudo-code, a programming design method of describing a simplified program, before writing the code.
Liberal Arts will present discussions that dive deep into many critical aspects of our students’ futures, such as: the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution, where students make connections to privacy, security, and technology; search warrants, digital media, and the requirements to obtain a search warrant; and, they will touch on cyber bullying and real world examples of the implications of cyber bullying. Students will participate in debates on national security and will complete a literary analysis of a fictional novel. Cyber Literacy II gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate with their school partners as they introduce relevant content that will support ELA instruction.