Energizing Cybersecurity: Cyber-In-A-Box School Video Challenge

Circuit Breakers, Laramie County 4H Club pose after showing their 2022-2023 videos at the Laramie County Library.

Wyoming Students Invited To Learn About Energy Sector Cybersecurity Through School Video Challenge

CyberWyoming Alliance announced a challenge for students in grades 6-12 to learn about internet-connected energy sector devices and how to protect them, fostering cybersecurity awareness within the community and equipping Wyoming’s youth with vital employability skills.

The Cyber-In-A-Box School Video Challenge is in its fourth year with the challenge topic of energy sector internet of things items, encouraging students to research how to protect such items as hydroelectric power plants, oil derricks, and wireless solar panels on a home.

CyberWyoming Alliance won the Innovation in STEM grant from Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) and the Idaho National Lab K-12 Education Program for the 2024-2025 and 2025 2026 school years encouraging energy and critical infrastructure challenge topics.

“We are really excited to partner with Cyber Wyoming and can’t wait to see the videos Wyoming students create and what they learn about energy industry connected devices,” said Jennifer Jackson, INL STEM Education Program Manager.

“The hope is that teachers and club sponsors will look around their community and book a tour to talk to the IT people in the energy industry, see the internet connected devices that are used, and show students the careers next door,” said Laura Baker, President Emerita of the CyberWyoming Alliance.

Each team of up to 5 students receives $100 and t shirts to make a cyber safety video, which is then posted on the Wyoming State Library’s website.

“We are thrilled with the response we received from the students and schools who participated in the Cyber-In-A-Box School Video Challenge last year and are super excited with the record number of teams that researched our connected medical devices challenge topic, but now it is time to explore another Wyoming industry,” said Laura Baker, co-founder and President of CyberWyoming Alliance. “The money we received from a grant from the Idaho National Lab makes this exploration possible.”

Timeline:

  • Registration deadline: Nov 1, 2024. Register at https://www.cyberwyoming.org/cyber-in-a-box/
  • Video recording & editing by teams: October 2024 – March 1, 2025
  • Judging completed: March 30, 2025
  • Statewide virtual premiere and awards: April 17, 2025, at 2 p.m. Zoom link to be announced.

 

Learning Objectives and Skills Include:

  • Script writing, communication, and storytelling
  • Video filming, production, and direction
  • Video editing techniques
  • Research techniques
  • Employability skills such as work attitudes & values, communication and interpersonal communications, video technology, teamwork, and understanding of the audience.

Teachers or mentors interested in the program can view a detailed video!

Contact CyberWyoming at info@cyberwyoming.org for information about the 2024-2025 Challenge.
About the CyberWyoming Alliance: The CyberWyoming Alliance is a statewide, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Laramie whose mission is to increase cybersecurity awareness, education, and outreach in communities across the State of Wyoming.
 
Image Caption: Circuit Breakers, Laramie County 4H Club pose after showing their 2022-2023 videos at the Laramie County Library.

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