June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.397.1 - 24.397.12
Developing Curriculum For Introducing CyberSecurity To K-12 StudentsIn the twenty-first century, the world has become heavily dependent on the Internet.Governments, financial institutions, and social media sites such as Facebook, which store largeamounts of personal data, are constantly at risk of being attacked by hackers. Because of itsimportance, securing cyberspace has been selected by the National Academy of Engineers as animportant challenge to address in the coming years. While most agree that securing the Internetis a critical issue, few understand what is involved in this task. To increase awareness of thisissue, we have developed a set of lessons for high school students that introduce the basicconcepts needed to understand the task of securing cyberspace.The Drexel University NSF GK-12 Fellowship program (DGE-0947936)encourages K-12students to pursue careers in STEM fields by using the fourteen National Academy ofEngineering (NAE) as motivation and instruction toolsGrand Challenges. The NSF fundedprogram pairs graduate students in STEM with K-12 teachers to develop project-based lessonsthat reinforce the Grand Challenge concepts in their science and math curriculum. These projectsattempt to connect the abstract and conceptual challenges with real world applications. In thisprocess of demystifying technologies students take for granted, we hope to help them recognizethat the concepts they are learning in science and math can lead to a better world.This study is conducted at the Science Leadership Academy, a partnership school between theSchool District of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute. Students from three mixed gradeclasses at this urban school participate in a series of activities and inquiry driven projectsdesigned to help them learn fundamental science and engineering principles related tocybersecurity. Students are led through activities from a basic introduction to waves and signalprocessing to encryption and network security. The project culminates in a radio transceiverdesign competition, where some of the students will design and build transceivers that will sendencrypted messages, while the other students will try to jam, intercept, or otherwise interferewith these messages. Student learning will be assessed by pre- and post- activities andinstruments that measure not only knowledge, but creativity and higher order thinking skills.
Morton, B. G., & Kim, Y., & VanKouwenberg, M. N., & Lehmann, C., & Ward, J. S. (2014, June), Developing Curriculum For Introducing CyberSecurity To K-12 Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20288
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