The CyberPatriot program is designed for students at least 13 years old and enrolled in high school. An associated high school should be an accredited public or private institution or a registered home school association.
Benefits for Schools:
- Engages students in an interactive, meaningful way by presenting cybersecurity in a competitive context
- Helps improve academic stature and reputation of the school within the community
- Provides students a means to excel in a field rarely presented in high schools
- Raises awareness of an increasingly important national security concern in the school and community
- Offers a unique extracurricular activity that is both fun and educational
- Prepares students for in-demand careers
- Presents a powerful lesson to students about the potential vulnerability of information put onto networks
- Emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
- Addresses the issues revealed by numerous studies indicating that the number of American students receiving degrees in STEM disciplines is steadily declining
- Presents cybersecurity within a dynamic and interactive fast-moving competition which excites students while exposing them to real world challenges
- Introduces students to a career track they can follow through college by studying STEM disciplines that can eventually lead to an exciting, in-demand career essential to national security
- Increases opportunities with academic institutions and employers in the community as a result of the school’s STEM commitment.
If your school wishes to participate, you may register as many teams as you would like. You must find a teacher and/or JROTC Leader who is willing to serve as the Coach of each team. The only cost to teams is a $385 entry fee which provides access to the software, participant materials, and all travel expenses for teams qualifying for the in-person competitions. (NOTE: The entry fee is waived for CAP units, Sea Cadet units and JROTC units with parent headquarters have agreed to fund travel. If you have a JROTC team at your school, the fee for one non-JROTC team at the same school will also be waived.) The fee is not due until the Coach has decided to field a team in the competition.
Who will teach the students?
CyberPatriot works with teams to find Mentors. These Mentors will help prepare the students for competition. We have also compiled free teaching materials here. There is no course or skill prerequisite for the program.
What if I cannot find a Coach who is good with computers?
Do not worry! CyberPatriot will help coaches find a cyber-savvy Mentor to help your team succeed. We have often found that the Coach learned just as much, if not more, than the students.
Competitors from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, California, proudly represent their school.