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 to high school students
- Raises awareness of an increasingly important national security concern in the school and in the community
- Offers a unique extra-curricular 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 videogame-like architecture 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 which 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 whose parent HQs have agreed to travel. If you have a JROTC team at your school, we will also waive the fee for one non-JROTC team at the same school.) 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 savy mentor to help your team succeed. Often times, we have found that the coach learned just as much, if not more, then the students do.