Opportunity - Cyber Discovery Program

(for teachers in southern to mid-Michigan - easy driving distance to Ypsilanti)

How would you like to become involved in a professional development project involving engaging students in Cyber Discovery?

We are looking for teams of two teachers from eight different schools in southern to mid-Michigan (easy driving distance to Ypsilanti, Michigan) who are interested in making up a diverse group of dynamic team-oriented people!
  • Both teachers teaching ninth grade. 
  • One teacher will come from math, computer science, or technology, 
  • One teacher will come from an area in history, art, theater, English or other humanities class 
(If this doesn't fit you, then do pass the opportunity along to someone else who would be interested in this program!)
William Sverdlik & Zenia Bahorski of Eastern Michigan University have been awarded a grant from the national organization National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). NICERC is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and has been charged with starting a national Cyber Discovery Program.  EMU is one of six schools in the nation to present this program.

The curriculum for the program has already been developed by NICERC. The time commitment for the teachers would be to attend two Saturday professional development workshops (one in early March, the other in late April) and participate in a residential weeklong cyber discovery camp at EMU with 6 students from their school.

At its core, Cyber Discovery is a professional development program for high school teachers.  The culmination of the program is a residential camp experience for the teachers who, together with partner university faculty, guide a student team of rising sophomores through weeklong challenges involving specific disciplines such as engineering, computer science, English, history, mathematics, cryptography, and political science.  The camp utilizes multiple media formats such as movies, lectures, hands-on tasks and writing assignments.  Specifically, curricular threads include:  history of cyberspace, ethical and social issues, applications, and the need for use of security in cyberspace.  In addition, the experience consists of discussion sessions, hands-on engineering and computer science labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt, film sessions, and a final cyber challenge, each of which integrates the history, ethical issues, applications, and theory behind cyberspace, security, and cryptography.

There is no cost to the schools. The commitment of the two teachers from each school will be rewarded. And, although the program itself is enticing, the grant includes a $1250.00 stipend to each teacher who makes a commitment to the program. The grant will cover all expenses, including housing and meals for the teachers and their students. The top team will take back a monetary award back to the school. Each team that participates will also take back a monetary award to their school.

Meet the NICERC National Team:
The national team will be coming to Eastern Michigan University on Saturday, November 15 to meet any interested teachers who would like to become part of the Cyber Discovery Program.
If you are interested and would like more information, please respond to Zenia Bahorski at zbahorski@emich.eduzbahorski@emich.edu

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