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Posted on 02/20/2020
Girls Go CyberStart at Parry McCluer High School

Girls Go CyberStart at Parry McCluer High School

Story and pictures by Aaron Wheeler and Treveion St. Clair-Helm


Girls Go CyberStart is a fun and interactive online program with digital challenges that introduce girls to cybersecurity.

The program was developed in response to the huge shortage of cybersecurity experts in the United States.  Teaching high school students, and especially girls, through exciting digital challenge promotes a sense of accomplishment and interest in this field.  It also encourages girls to work together to solve larger societal problems; to support each other; and learn valuable skills to protect themselves online.



Aaron and Treveion interviewed the girls on the PMHS Team.

What made you get into the Girls Go CyberStart program?

Aniyah McCoy:

I got into it because Mrs. Lipscomb recommended it to me and this kind of comes easily to me, so I thought why not.

 

Emily Barker:

Mrs. Lipscomb told the girls in our classroom about the program saying if we wanted to do it to get more interested in Cyber Security and have fun.

 

Goldie Richardson:

I’m in Info Tech, I enjoy coding in that and I’m usually pretty good at and help out kids in my class, so I said “Why not. Seems fun.”

 

How would you describe the competition in the program?

Aniyah McCoy:

It's definitely challenging, but there’s other ones that are easier to understand.

 

Emily Barker:

The competition is regional, so a lot of girls compete for this, and they need to finish many challenges then make it to the next step, until they are the winners.

 

Goldie Richardson:

Some were really difficult, but if you take like 10 to 15 minutes to think about it, it kind of becomes easy.

 

How much have you learned from this course?

Aniyah McCoy:

I’ve learned how to inspect different pages to look for what you have to find.

 

Emily Barker:

I definitely feel like I learned a lot, through myself and the other girls in Girls Go CyperStart. We’ve collaborated together on certain questions, by not giving the exact answer, but by helping each other so we can learn different tools and help describe the riddles and understand it.

 

Goldie Richardson:

I’ve learned to take my time and to really think outside the box.

 

 

What was your inspiration to do this kind of program, if any?

Aniyah McCoy:

Honestly I think if teachers encourage it, then I think that leads students to want to do it.

 

Emily Barker:

I think being in the modern day, we all like technology and how fast it’s been improving in a society. I think it’s fun learning how to be safe on technology and on websites and be careful with your information.

 

Goldie Richardson:

I don’t really know. I just thought it would be cool because it’s empowering for people, and it was really easy for me, so I was like “why not.” Other people were doing it; my friends were doing it.

 

 

Do you see this as a potential career?

Aniyah McCoy:

Probably, if you like coding it would be a consideration.

 

Emily Barker:

For a lot of people, I definitely see this as a job opportunity. For me particularly, I think it gives some skills that potential employers would look at and be very impressed with.

 

Goldie Richardson:

Yes, definitely.

PMHS Girls Go CyberStart

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