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Developing Curriculum For Introducing CyberSecurity To K-12 Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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K-12 and Precollege Engineering Curriculum and Programming Resources, Part 2 of 2

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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24.397.1 - 24.397.12



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Brandon Gregory Morton Drexel University

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Brandon Morton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Drexel University. He received his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2009 and his M.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 2011. He was an NSF GK-12 fellow from 2011 to 2014. Currently he is researching methods for detecting influence between musical artists.

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Youngmoo Kim Drexel University

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Youngmoo Kim is director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. in media arts and sciences from MIT in 2003 and also holds master's degrees in electrical engineering and music (vocal performance practice) from Stanford University as well as a B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab), focuses on the machine understanding of audio, particularly for music information retrieval. Honored as a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013 and the recipient of Drexel's 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Youngmoo also has extensive experience in music performance, including eight years as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He is a member of Opera Philadelphia’s newly-formed American Repertoire Council.

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Matthew Nester VanKouwenberg


Chris Lehmann Science Leadership Academy

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Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, Pa. The inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Hailed as one of the country's ten most amazing schools by the Ladies Home Journal, the school has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2009 through 2013 and been written about in many publications, including Edutopia magazine, Education Week, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In September 2013, Chris opened the Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model. He returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English teacher, technology coordinator, and girls' basketball and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.
Chris, who has written for such education publications as Learning and Leading with Technology magazine and spoken at conferences all over the world, has received numerous honors for his work as an educator. He was named the International Society of Technology in Education's 2013 Outstanding Leader of the Year. In 2012, he made Dell's #Inspire100 list of people changing the world using social media and won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the Philadelphia school district. In 2011, the White House honored him as a Champion of Change. Chris also has been recognized as one of the “30 Most Influential People in EdTech” by Technology & Learning Magazine and as Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Outstanding Young Educator Award winner.

Chris, a consultant to schools and districts nationwide and in England, received his B.A. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. A father of two, he is co-editor of What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media and author of the education blog Practical Theory.

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Jessica S. Ward Drexel University

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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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