CHS Students lead Arnold AFB STEM CyberPatriot Cybercamp

With guidance from Arnold Air Force Base Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics director Olga Oakley, members of the Coffee County High School CyberPatriot team led the Air Force Association CyberPatriot Cybercamp held at the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma.

CyberCamp was held at Hands-on Science Center the week of July 16-20 for area students 11 to 16 years old. During the week, the campers learned about Cybersecurity, as well as Windows and Ubuntu software programs. At the end of the week, the campers then competed in teams and put their cyber networking skills to the test.

Leading the camp were Coffee County Central High School students Andrea Sherril and Dayjah Harrison. This year will be their third year on the Air Force Junior ROTC CyberPatriot team at CCCHS.

CyberPatriot is a premiere national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. CyberPatriot is open to all high schools, Civil Air Patrol Units, JROTC Units, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Units and accredited home school programs around the country.

During competitions students are provided one to three virtual machines. The machines contain several vulnerabilities that students must identify and defend against. CyberPatriot was established by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the presenting sponsor for CyberPatriot. CyberPatriot's founding partners are Science Applications International Corp. and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

AEDC STEM partners with the Women In Defense National Security Organization to sponsor several Cyber Patriot Teams. For more information about the AFA CyberPatriot Program, visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.