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STEMming in all directions

Posted On: 11/20/2017 2:44 PM

 
PC's STEM program has grown this year, to include a Foundations in Engineering class and the CyberPatriots club. Instructor Scott Emry has been busy leading both this year, and has some news to boast this month...
Matthew D and J Chen placed second in the Windows operating environment at the local CyberPatriot competition at Regent University. PCHS has partnered with Regent University's Insititute of Cybersecurity to provide training for the team. The CyberPatriot competition is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA). This program's goal is to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Teams of high school students serve as ad hoc IT professionals tasked with managing and securing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening the operating system and network while maintaining critical services of their employers. The students compete in the Windows and Linux operating systems. They also compete using CISCO Packet Tracer to identify and secure network vulnerabilities.
Also this month, the Foundations of Engineering class visited the engineering office of Mission:Mobility and Netarus in Norfolk. These companies provide turnkey technology solutions for industry and the military using the principles of engineering design from conception to production. Mission:Mobility set up stations where the students learned about electrical engineering, materials, and systems integration for specialized remote security and portable communications applications. Dylan A(pictured) learned how to remove electrical components from a circuit board and how to solder them into place.

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