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On January 10th, Governor Malloy released the following information announcing that the State of Connecticut is participating in an innovative, new cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute that will increase access to young women in high school with the opportunity to explore their interests in cyber studies and learn basic cybersecurity skills in an effort to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals while identifying talented youth.
The initiative, known as GirlsGoCyberStart, was initiated by SANS following the recent launch of their CyberStart program, which enabled 3,500 students in seven states to discover and demonstrate their aptitude for cybersecurity. Unfortunately, only five percent of the students who participated in its first round were young women. To help address this issue, SANS is launching a program specifically to attract young women in high school in ten additional states.
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) and State Department of Education (SDE) will be collaborating with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut to encourage as many young women in grades 9 through 12 as possible to register and participate in this exceptional opportunity.
Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection. Young women in high school in Connecticut who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart game will have the opportunity to win computers and other prizes as well as a trip, with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.
Registration began on January 29 and ends on February 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women in high schools in these states who have registered may play the game online from February 20 through 25.
An introductory website with answers to other questions potential participants may have, a fuller description of the game, and a sample challenge is now available online at GirlsGoCyberStart.com.
Please take the time to share the information about this program with your friends and family as it is open to all female high school students in Connecticut.
Perry Outreach Program: New Haven, CT – Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Perry Outreach program is a one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.
We are now seeking applicants for our New Haven, CT program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. Applicants should fill out our online application in advance of the MARCH 7 application deadline.
Additional information can be found on our website: www.perryinitiative.org
CREC's Academy of Aerospace & Engineering and the Greater Hartford Academy of Math & Science, in collaboration with the Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association (CTSTA) invite middle and high school girls to the fourth annual Women in STEM-C event. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the registration form. Due date for registration is Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.