30 October 2015
DAYTON, OH –Riverside Research, a not-for-profit scientific research company providing expert cyber security solutions to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, launched the Ohio roll-out of the latest CyberPatriot initiative from the Air Force Association (AFA) at the Dayton Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center’s (DRSC) first annual DRSC Conference on 30 September.
Riverside Research and DRSC are honored to launch AFA’s newest CyberPatriot program, the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI), in Ohio. ESCEI targets students grades K-6 to introduce best practices for online safety at an early age. ESCEI also exposes students to important STEM principles. This early exposure to and application of STEM principles encourages further pursuit of STEM education and is the first step in cultivating the technical skills needed in many careers today. As a contributor to the nation’s cyber security and a company offering cyber security employment opportunities, Riverside Research is committed to advancing the future workforce. DRSC is the first organization in Ohio to adopt the ESCEI program and works with Riverside Research to expand the program throughout the state.
“ESCEI will equip educators and parents to teach students about cyber security at a young age,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner. “Students are active online at increasingly younger ages, and AFA sees a need to equip them with the skills critical to their online safety. We are delighted to offer this opportunity at no cost to the schools and other organizations.”
Together, Riverside Research and DRSC introduced 150 Ohio STEM educators, aspiring educators, school administrators, counselors, community and industry leaders, and informal education providers to ESCEI at the conference. The ESCEI program overview was also distributed to regional STEM coordinators from all 88 counties in Ohio. These coordinators will play a critical role in expanding the program to all K-6 classrooms in the state.
Dr. Rusty Baldwin, Chair, Riverside Research Cyber Center of Excellence, and other Riverside Research personnel will instruct professional development in-service opportunities at DRSC. These professional development in-services are an opportunity for educators to learn more about using the ESCEI kit in the classroom. In-services dates will be announced in the coming months.
“As cyber has become more and more a part of our daily lives, Internet safety has become an essential part of education at all levels,” said Dr. Baldwin. “We are proud to be part of bringing this curriculum to students in Ohio.”
The complete ESCEI kit consists of three interactive learning modules. Parents, guardians, teachers, and volunteers can request a free ESCEI program kit by visiting http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview and completing a short request form. All program kits include a digital copy of materials in a zipped folder, but individuals may request a physical copy of the kit as well. Click here to learn more about the included materials or to request your free kit.
CyberPatriot is the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program and is the Air Force Association’s (AFA) flagship STEM initiative dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among American youth. AFA is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. AFA’s mission is to promote a dominant US Air Force and a strong national defense and to honor Airmen and Air Force heritage. For more information on the CyberPatriot National Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and ESCEI initiative, please visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.
About the Dayton Regional STEM Center
The purpose of the DRSC is to provide preK-12 educators with on-going professional development opportunities in STEM education and generate high quality STEM curriculum. This organization has been established to support private, parochial, charter and public educators. The goal is that transforming teacher understanding and thereby classroom experiences through high quality, inquiry based STEM learning experiences will aid in the national need for a future workforce of STEM professionals. Teacher training and curriculum efforts rely on the Dayton region STEM community for funding, volunteers, STEM career knowledge and inspiration for our national efforts.
About Riverside Research
Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government. Comprised of leading engineering, technology, and operations experts, Riverside Research delivers trusted solutions in Biomedical Engineering, Cyber, Electromagnetic Sciences, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. These Centers of Excellence are supported by five integrated research laboratories that conduct independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas. Originating as part of Columbia University in the 1950s and established as an independent corporation in 1967, Riverside Research remains dedicated to its academic heritage by working with colleges and universities from across the nation to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through education, research, and workforce development. Learn more at www.riversideresearch.org.