Four Upper School girls at Stuart recently discovered their hidden talent for cybersecurity with an exciting Governor backed program, Girls Go CyberStart, designed to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap in the US. During the program, girls across the country competed in a series of digital games and challenges to see if they have what it takes to make it in the cybersecurity industry.
Over ten thousand girls across 27 states took part in the first stage of the program, CyberStart Assess. At the end of that round, 6,600 girls performed so highly that they received invitations to take part in the second round, CyberStart Game.
The program runs until June 28 and pits teams against a series of increasingly difficult cybersecurity challenges to win points for their school.
For the first month of CyberStart Game, girls applied their cyber skills to accumulate points, vying to be one the schools invited to the third and final stage. In early June, the Stuart team of Emily, Cat, Vivian and Maya found out their score qualified them for The National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019. A total of 120 school teams, each comprised of 4 girls, competed in a national online 'Capture the Flag' competition.
The top-scoring teams in this final round, both nationally and per state, won cash prizes for students and their schools. Congratulations to the Stuart team on its accomplishment! Pictured is Cat at the NJ Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell luncheon held last week to honor and congratulate the 13 state teams that made it to the national level.