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North Charleston HS Student Meets Secretary of the US Air Force at SC Cyber Event

Mr. Ramon Lavender, a student at North Charleston High School was among the group attending a SC Cyber luncheon hosted at Trident Technical College last week.

Also attending from CCSD schools were Ms. Sarah Earle and Ms. Amanda Duke from Lowcountry Tech Academy and Mr. Darwin Shorters from St. Johns High School.

The Hon. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the United States Air Force was the keynote speaker. She shared an overall update on the US Air Force and spoke specifically about the critical need for qualified cyber-security professionals in all branches of the military. She also mentioned the success of the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition.

 

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“After her speech, Ramon was very interested in meeting Secretary James and waited patiently for his turn,” said Ms. Earle.

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The event was the first of many planned by SC Cyber, a statewide consortium formed to educate students, government officials and businesses on cyber-security skills that will create and attract jobs in the growing technology industry to the state.

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3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Camp a Success at Lowcountry Tech Academy

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp was staged last week at Lowcounty Tech Academy.

Special thanks to Bill Littleton for serving as camp director, and to the lead sponsors of the camp, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston (SPAWAR) and Trident Technical College!

Over 80 students participated in various tracks, including the  “Junior Cyber Warrior” track, new for this year for middle school aged students.

The Junior Cyber Warrior campers enjoyed sessions on Computer Deconstruction, Scratch Programming, Command & Control Systems, Building PowerPoint Slides, Internet Security, Trebuchet, LEGO Robotics, Cyber Espionage, Snap Circuits, and a “Clash of Clans” style cyber security challenge.

In the Cyber Espionage challenge, students were assigned to recover key intelligence from a USB drive containing stolen information after searching a potential spy (manakin). Once they found the suspicious item on the spy, they examined the data for valuable secrets using popular cryptography and forensics tools.

Check out these students’ hand-built trebuchets – they loved practicing and competing:

Other campers enjoyed sessions like Computer Deconstruction, Installing & Securing Linux, Networking, Installing & Securing Windows, Vulnerabilities & Threats, HTML Programming, Java Script Design, Raspberry Pi, and a Cyber Challenge led by SPAWAR volunteers.

Students interested in Engineering and Robotics were treated to a VEX Robotics program packed with hands-on project-based learning activities.

Students also got to experiment with a small drone as they tried to navigate through various obstacles. Check out this video!

The purpose of the camp was to bring together subject matter experts, local businesses, community organizations and most importantly students, our future cyber warriors, to learn about cybersecurity.  The organizer’s  ultimate goal was to provide each participant with specialized focused sessions and ample opportunities to experience hands-on activities in different aspects of cybersecurity.

This year’s camp theme was “Defend Your Domain” to embraces the notion of protecting cyber “domains”.  Students learned the importance of being ever vigilant in protecting themselves against cyber-criminals.

Here are some pictures from the end of camp awards ceremony – view even more pictures from the camp here!

CCSD Career and Technology Education would like to give a huge thanks to Jim ‘N Nicks catering, SPAWAR, Trident Technical College and all the other community partners that invested their time, talent, and support to make this year’s camp successful.

Thank you to Joseph Bullinger with SPAWAR for sharing the pictures for this story.

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Lowcountry Tech Academy Cyber Patriot Team Earns 3rd Place at Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

This past Saturday, students from Lowcountry Tech Academy  won 3rd Place in the 2015 PCDC competition.
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Team adviser and Information Assurance and Networking instructor John Williams said, “The team did very well in the event – the difference between 1st Place and 3rd Place was 3 points!”

Special thanks to Bill Littleton from SPAWAR for all his help with the students!

The Palmetto Cyber Security Competition is sponsored by the Atlantic SPAWAR Command (http://www.pcdc-sc.com/).
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Additionally, the top 5 teams in the state who qualified in US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition were invited to compete.
The LTA team placed 3rd in the State in the US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition!
Team 2015 PCDC & Team US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition:
Team 2015 PCDC Home School
First Name Last Name
Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Kaylani Jordan WAHS
Dhruval Patel WAHS
Joe Ingram WAHS
Michael Lanier WAHS
Mongy Mostafa WAHS
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Josh Moore WAHS
Team Cyber Patriot Home School
First Name Last Name
Mathew (Logan) Blalock WAHS
Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Edward Bryce Washington St. Johns
Jessi Hernandez-Gomez WAHS
Monica Washington WAHS

Both teams were coached my LTA Teachers Mr. John Williams & Mr. Keith Bex

Congratulations to everyone on their success in these events!

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