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WHAT IS THE CYBERPATRIOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CYBER EDUCATION INITIATIVE?
The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles. The program kit comes with curriculum on these topics to supplement the material presented in the interactive learning modules.
Like other CyberPatriot programs, the ESCEI aims to excite students about STEM education and careers by teaching them about cybersecurity in an engaging way. Given the increasing presence of the Internet in society, the program also aims to help students understand the widespread importance of cybersecurity in their everyday lives and equips them with skills to help better protect themselves on the Internet.
WHO are the intended users of the escei?
The ESCEI interactive learning modules and associated curriculum are intended for instruction with all elementary school-level students, although older students and adults are welcome to use the materials. One of the interactive learning modules, Security Showdown, is recommended for K-3 students, and the other two, Clean_Up and DangerBots, are recommended for 4th-6th graders. While the ESCEI may be used in the classroom, students using the modules do not need to be part of the same school or educational institution and may also use the modules as independent activities.
Parents, guardians, teachers, and volunteers are all encouraged to request copies of the ESCEI materials and use the curriculum to introduce their K-6 students to online safety and cybersecurity.
What comes in an ESCEI KIT?
Individuals can request both a digital and a hard-copy version of the kit. The digital version, which is available instantly after completing the request form, includes the following materials in a zipped folder:
The hard-copy version of the ESCEI kit will include all of the above on a DVD. It will also include printed copies of the Instructor's Guide and the ESCEI brochure, as well as stickers to be awarded to students. Everyone who orders the physical copy also recieves the digital kit immediately after completing the request form.
Three interactive learning modules
Curriculum slides to supplement the modules
Instructor's Guide containing installation instructions, module information, and instructor's notes for the curriculum
Cover letters that describe the ESCEI to parents, guardians, and educators
Brochure, social media guide, and press release template that can be used to promote the ESCEI
Template certificates to award students upon completion of the modules
what are the technical requirements for the modules?
The modules are not hardware-intensive and should run on any computers that meet the hardware requirements for the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition on this page: http://uscyberpatriot.org/competition/Competition-Overview/technical-specifications. Individuals ordering the hard-copy kit will need a computer with a readable DVD drive.
The modules are only available for systems running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or more recent Windows operating systems.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Participation in the ESCEI is free.
Both the digital ESCEI kit and hard-copy ESCEI kit are provided at no cost. In future versions of the program, hard copy-kits may incur a small fee due to printing and shipping costs.
WHAT Is in each of the interactive learning modules?
Security Showdown: In this introduction to basic personal security practices, students take a tour through a virtual environment in order to learn what personal information is and with whom it should be shared. After learning these skills, students are put to the test in a fun, fast-paced quiz segment. At the end of the module, students cash in their points for stickers they can use to decorate a digital certificate of achievement.
Students have the option to complete this module in English or Spanish.
Key Topics: Personal Information
Grade Levels: K-3
Clean_Up: In this exciting cyber defense module, students take the helm of an anti-malware program protecting a system from threats, like viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. But students must be careful because the malware fights back! They must avoid being hit while weaving in and out of danger and removing as many threats as possible by firing their virus "deleter." Collecting emails from friends and family and avoiding emails from untrusted senders earn students extra points and correctly answering cybersecurity questions leads to experience points that can be used to upgrade the anti-malware program.
Key Topics: Phishing, Malware, Firewalls
Grade Levels: 4-6
DangerBots: Megabyte City is under attack! Students must stop Dr. Malbot from taking over the city by defeating his three Mega Bosses. Virus Bot has unleashed crippling viruses, bringing the Main Frame down. Crypto Bot has broken through the passwords protecting the city's Power Station. PopUp Bot and his minions have overrun the city's communications infrastructure. Students can take the city back from the grips of these Mega Bosses by learning about the threats they pose and methods of defending against them, like antivirus programs, strong passwords, and popup and spam blockers.
Key Topics: Malware, Defenses, Passwords
Grade Levels: Grades 4-6
HOW DO I ReQUEST THE PROGRAM MATERIALS?
Request your kit by filling out this form. All requests will include a digital copy of the ESCEI kit for immediate download, and individuals may elect to also receive a hard copy.
Requests from outside the United States/Canada or U.S. military bases overseas will only be fulfilled if they are from a school or non-profit educational institution.
The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative is a component of the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, as made possible by the generous support of its Presenting Sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
Materials for the CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative were funded through a special grant from Riverside Research, a Cyber Gold sponsor.