Cyber Education Discovery Forum 2020
June  22-24

Hilton Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport
Bloomington, Minnesota

Breakout Sessions

Monday June 22
8am – 5pm

Breakout Sessions
Tuesday June 23
8am – 5pm

Full-day Workshops
Wednesday June 24
8am – 4pm

Full-day Workshops

Day 1 will offer attendees 60-minute and 75-minute breakout sessions led by fellow educators, NICERC subject matter experts, and K-12 education partners. Stay  tuned for session details.

Have an idea for a session? Submit a proposal!

Full-day Workshop Tracks

Monday June 22
8am – 5pm

Breakout Sessions
Tuesday June 23
8am – 5pm

Full-day Workshops
Wednesday June 24
8am-4pm

Full-day Workshops

When you register, select one of the following tracks for days 2 and 3. 

Elementary

Empower elementary students with foundational cyber skills (3rd – 5th grade)
Building a strong cyber foundation begins with effective STEM instruction in elementary school. Work through NGSS-aligned modules that incorporate phenomenon-based learning and block-based programming with the micro:bit. Learn how to integrate cybersecurity awareness and computational thinking in classroom.

  • Courses Covered: STEAM Fundamentals, Cyber Fundamentals, Computational Thinking
  • Recommended for: 3rd -5th grade teachers who teach in robotics, computer lab, and core content settings.
  • Tech Integration: Block-based micro:bit, highlights from modules with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot.
  • Prerequisites: none

Middle School

Explore, discover, and apply cyber through design (6th – 8th grade)
Middle school students develop problem-solving skills using the engineering design process. Walk through hands-on projects that incorporate cyber contexts and help students connect to real-life scenarios. Build your skills in micro:bit block-based programming and explore STEM implementation through the Engineering Design Process.

  • Courses Covered: STEM EDA, Cyber Fundamentals
  • Recommended for: 6th -8th grade science, math, and STEM teachers
  • Tech Integration: Block-based micro:bit
  • Prerequisites: none

Coding and Robotics

Beginning programming for middle and high school teachers (6th – 12th grade)
Learn the basics of programming, starting with block-based programming of the micro:bit and working up to Python programming language with the cyber:bot. Robotics platforms build concrete learning connections for students as they see their code manifest into physical actions.

  • Courses Covered: Cyber Fundamentals, Cyber Literacy with cyber:bot
  • Recommended for: 6th -12th grade science, math, and STEM teachers who are new to coding
  • Tech Integration: Block-based micro:bit, micro:bit with Python, cyber:bot with python
  • Prerequisites: none

Advanced Cyber Literacy

Take your programming skills to the next level (9th – 12th grade. Prior coding experience required)
Building on Cyber Literacy 1, this track introduces sensors, humanities concepts, and research-based projects that span from cyberbullying to mathematics and physics.

  • Courses Covered: Cyber Literacy, Cyber Literacy 2
  • Recommended for: 9th -12th grade STEM teachers with previous experience in text-based coding
  • Tech Integration: cyber:bot with Python
  • Prerequisites: Previous experience with text-based coding (i.e. Python, BASIC, C style) required

Cybersecurity

Comprehensive overview of cybersecurity for high school classrooms (9th – 12th grade)
Use an online simulated environment known as a cyber range to explore security tools, understand how various cyberattacks operate, and learn to detect and mitigate attacks. Palo Alto Networks will join on day 2 to share content from their Cybersecurity Academy. Content in this session will prepare students to earn professional certifications like CompTIA Security+ and PCCSA.

  • Courses Covered: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy
  • Recommended for: 9th -12th grade teachers
  • Tech Integration: U.S. Cyber Range (Linux environment), Palo Alto Networks Range
  • Prerequisites: None

Computational Thinking

Problem-solving tools to empower students in STEM and beyond (7th – 12th grade)
Learn to implement computational thinking as a problem-solving process in core subject areas and gain tools for incorporating computational thinking concepts like decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design into everyday learning experiences.

  • Courses Covered: Computational Thinking
  • Recommended for: 7th -12th grade teachers
  • Tech Integration: none (unplugged)
  • Prerequisites: None

Cyber Scenarios

Sharpen critical thinking skills and explore humanities concepts through cyber scenarios  (9th – 12th grade)
Problem-solve your way through simulated cyber scenarios, both plugged and unplugged, as you cover cybersecurity concepts and the basics of becoming a good digital citizen. AICS (Analysis and Investigation of Cyber Scenarios) focuses on research analysis, critical thinking, teamwork, and written and oral communication skills.  Palo Alto Networks will lead on day 1 with content from their Cybersecurity Academy.

  • Courses Covered: Cyber Society (Analysis and Investigation of Cyber-Based Scenarios), Palo Alto Cybersecurity Academy
  • Recommended for: 9th -12th grade teachers
  • Tech Integration: Palo Alto Networks Range
  • Prerequisites: None