Cyber Literacy is a hands-on curriculum that builds a strong cyber foundation for high school students. The course introduces students to cyber by blending robotics, programming, electricity, and elements of liberal arts. Students learn about the opportunities, threats, responsibilities, and legal constraints associated with operating in cyberspace. Throughout the course, students learn the basics of electricity, programming, and networking as well as develop critical thinking skills. Cyber Literacy lays a foundation for further exploration into STEM and cyber-related topics.
Cyber Literacy Units
Electricity shows the students the fundamentals of electricity from the very basic movement of electrons to practical and engaging experiments that include chemistry, circuitry, and magnetism concepts.
Robotics uses either the Parallax® Boe-Bot®, Shield Bot, or cyber:bot microcontroller as the platform for teaching students robotics fundamentals. Students are introduced to basic coding essentials through flowcharts and simple programming languages. Students then assemble their robots to perform various functions through the implementation of sensors and application of their programming knowledge.
Liberal Arts illustrates real world applications and implications of computers and the internet in our society today. Students are challenged to intensely deliberate the historical and societal context of cyber.