Dr. Shelly Heller Leads Middle School Girls Cyber Security Camp

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July 09, 2017

Prof. Shelly Heller (CS) is leading the two-week Middle School Girls Cyber Security Day Camp hosted by GW and funded by the National Security Agency. The camp is designed to provide the young women with the information and skills to “cyber-safe”—by securing their personal and family computers, by learning about privacy issues, and by learning appropriate self-presentation on the internet. The camp’s second goal is to engage the young women in hands-on activities focused on the 10 cybersecurity principles. Finally, the camp is designed to raise awareness about potential careers and career paths in cybersecurity. Prof. Heller expects that by meeting with many women already employed in the cyber field, the campers will see the need to stay engaged with science and math as they move through middle school to high school and beyond. CS graduate students Michael Esposito, Juhi Agarwal, and Mochen Xie, and CS undergraduates Narina Meli and Pat Cody are assisting with the camp.