Getting Students Engaged in Cyber Education

This lesson is a resource tool and reference for high school teachers to get students excited about and engaged in cyber education.  It discusses several topics to include starting a cybersecurity “hacking” club, cybersecurity competitions, getting guest speakers in the field of cybersecurity, Hacker Con events, the Maker Movement, and Hackerspaces.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, the teacher should be able to:

  • Understand how a “Hacking Club” (Cybersecurity Club) can motivate your students to learn about cyber and how to start such a club
  • Describe the various cybersecurity competitions that are available to your students
  • Examine other options for motivating student interest in cybersecurity, such as guest speakers and conference attendance
  • Recognize how the maker movement, hackerspaces, and other opportunities can encourage students’ hands-on exploration of technology
Getting Students Engaged in Cyber Education Lesson Plan

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* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit: