CyberFirst Adventurers courses for 11 to 14 year-old students

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After attending a four-day cybersecurity course for teachers during the summer, it was made apparent to all present that this strand of computer science was not being followed, or noticed, by students at our schools.  The course was run by people who have worked for, and in some instances, continue to work for: GCHQ, NCA, MI5 and other security companies.  The course was made up of a number of tasks relating to the security of phones, computers and networks and was extremely enjoyable – well worth the time!  It certainly opened my eyes to the things I was doing right, and wrong, when protecting my personal data.

As a result of the successes of courses such as the one I attended, teenagers across the UK will have the chance to take part in an expanded range of CyberFirst courses. Designed by cyber security experts from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ), and delivered by experienced training partner QA, and the national education charity, The Smallpeice Trust.

To allow students from as many schools as possible to participate, The Smallpeice Trust is offering FREE places to Year 7, 8 and 9 students to attend this CyberFirst Adventurers course with a parent/guardian.

CyberFirst Adventurers Is a free one-day development course aimed at students in Year 7, 8 and 9 who have not yet made their GCSE choices and their parents/guardians.

The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, to enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. It is also designed to counter the stereotype that computer science is a subject that only leads to jobs in programming and coding. Students will get the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially augment and enhance their future career prospects.

The CyberFirst Adventurers courses run on a Saturday between 10:00 and 15:30 at selected UK mainland universities and colleges. Each event consists of four themed modules offering interactive, hands on, self-guided, exploratory learning that reduces the amount of time spent in traditional instructor led presentations to the very minimum. The four career based themes covered are: problem solving and teamworking in a technical environment, medicine, web development/art and design and sports science.

Further details for these CyberFirst courses and how to apply can be found at: https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/cyberfirst-adventurers-free-one-day-course-students-parents/, or by contacting me through the College.

CyberFirst Adventures Flyer

Mr Michael Jones

Head of Computing/ICT