- Career & Technical Education
A team of five first-year STEM Academy students in Robert McMann’s Computer Networking class at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center placed second in the Gold Division of the New York State round of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team’s outstanding placement in the state round enabled them to advance to the National Semifinals round.
CyberPatriot is a youth cyber education program conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the future and security of the United States.
At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Each round lasts six hours and involved 4316 teams that entered this year in the open division from across the United States and Canada.
Congratulations to the team for advancing to the semifinals!