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The Cyber Innovation Center, through its National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), hosts an innovative and dynamic one-week, residential program called Cyber Discovery. Schools converge on the campus of partner universities across the country to explore the world of cyber. Schools will register on a first-come, first-serve basis and will bring one math/science teacher and one liberal arts teacher.  Through an application process, six students from each school will be selected to participate in this extraordinary opportunity. NICERC Subject Matter Experts and university faculty, together with high school teachers, will engage students in hands-on activities that incorporate technology in a challenging and interactive learning environment.

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Cyber Discovery is a catalytic event for engaging students and teachers in the history of cyberspace, ethical and social issues, applications, and the need for and use of security in cyberspace. The experience includes discussion sessions, hands-on engineering and computer science labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt, creative story-telling, and a final cyber challenge. These activities promote teamwork and leadership and further help to develop 21st century skills, which include problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Cyber is a fundamental part of how we live, work, and play in our daily lives. Through students’ participation in Cyber Discovery, they will have an opportunity to experience technology on a dynamic, interactive level.

Teachers from each school attend professional development workshops before leading their teams in week-long challenges. Cyber Discovery engages students through an intense, total immersive experience for high school teams. Information regarding registration will be sent via email to schools currently on our distribution list. Please contact us to be added to this distribution list.