This morning's Morning Announcements had a short story on the weekend's CyberPatriot exercise. This is a great program, and one of the things many of us mean when we talk about 21st Century learning:
GM and MEH teams compete as CyberPatriots
Teams from Mason (above) and Mary Ellen Henderson (inset) spent 6 hours on Saturday (note snacks in photo!) working through the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition putting them in the role of newly hired IT professionals managing a small company's network.
With each new round, teams are given a set of images representing operating systems. They use them to track down the cyber-security vulnerabilities and work through the fixes before moving onto the next threat level.
Teams compete in a statewide competition hoping to advance regionally, and possibly nationally over the next levels of competition. [FCCPS Morning Announcements.]