Tag Archives: cybersecurity

We (virtually) earned the “Cybersecurity” patch

Submitted by Laura Falin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Even though our Brownie troop can’t meet in person due to COVID-19, we met online and did activities to earn our “Cybersecurity” patch. The girls shared different things that have layers, clothing when we go outside, baking cakes – and we talked about how the computers we’re using so much right now also have layers of security to protect us.

The girls also drew pictures of castles – some of them had moats, and guards, and security cameras, and sharks, and all kinds of things to protect the castle. We talked about how computers have passwords and usernames, and how the school computers the girls are using have (fire)walls to keep out websites that aren’t appropriate for kids.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Troop 76136 learns about cybersecurity

Submitted by Jodi Balfour

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Our troop of 12 Brownies enjoyed drawing castles with “layers of security” to protect them. We heard some very creative ideas, such as surrounding the castle with thorny vines, alligators in the moat, secret underground passages through a maze, and more! One girl wanted to wear a disguise and described it as creating an online avatar that didn’t look exactly like her. Everyone had fun and learned about some ways to be safe online.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Troop 45213 is cyber ready

Submitted by Laura Fetterman

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop got together and learned how to protect ourselves and information online. We learned that protecting our information is just like protecting a castle. You need to use passwords and parental locks to helps us be safe. We also learned how a computer passes information by playing a relay game with puzzle pieces. Each piece represented a pixel and each girl had to take “pixel” from one table to the other until the picture was complete. It was a lot of fun!

Our girls are ready to take on the next challenge in coding and share what they’ve learned with others!

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Cybersecurity Connection

Submitted by Stephanie Cote

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Troop 66796 completed the Junior level of the cybersecurity patch requirements! They learned the vastness of the network of the Internet and the connection needed to send a message from one to another. The process showed the girls that there are many lines and servers needed for connection. They also learned “that messages going to a bad server voice back.” Because the girls wanted to include the whole troop, they discovered the time and effort needed for global connection.

The girls took the activity to another level by exploring the movement of the messages and changing the levels of down servers (as seen in the photo). They also thought of the cyberspace from our troop level to the global level.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Cyberheroes

Submitted by Nicki Meldrum

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Troop 76011 learned about layers of cybersecurity by drawing castles with their layers of protection. The girls had a blast creating castles decked out with security cameras, moats, alligators, and pickles! (Yes, pickles!!) They learned the importance of passwords and the how and why of protecting our information on the Internet. Next, they used that information to explore the Internet safely.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Cybersecurity egg drop challenge

Submitted by Carol Raburn

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Brownies of mixed age Troop 40132 in Colorado Springs had a blast learning about the layers of security needed when we’re online. The girls worked in teams or on their own to create layers of security for a troop egg drop! All teams had so much fun and all eggs survived!

Each Girl Scout has come up with fun ideas about how to stay safe when playing and learning online. They’re so excited to earn this extra special patch!

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Troop 75900 hears from a guest speaker and earns cybersecurity patch

 

Submitted by Nina Simpson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Evans

We are a multi-level troop made up of Daisies to Juniors. One of our leaders invited Rick from RCOM Computer Services to speak with the girls about cybersecurity in way that all the girls understood. The girls then designed their own castles and created of layers of defense.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,”  we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Earn a FREE cybersecurity patch

Calling all Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors! Here’s your chance to earn a special cybersecurity patch from Girl Scouts of the USA.

Step One

Choose the cybersecurity activity appropriate for your Girl Scout level as listed in this PDF:

CybersecurityPatch_FacilitatorGuide

These activities are from the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior cybersecurity badges. If you choose to swap out another activity, we highly recommend that you use one from Badge 1: Cybersecurity Basics, since that badge teaches foundational concepts that are built on in badges 2 and 3.

Step Two

Complete the activity and take lots of photos/videos.

Step Three

Share your story and photos from the activity using the Share Your Stories form: www.gscoblog.org/share 

Be sure to include what you learned about cybersecurity and why it is so important, along with any plans you might have to earn another STEM or cybersecurity badge.

Watch this video by a troop of Girl Scout Juniors who earned this special patch.

Once your story and photos have been received, GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper will contact you regarding the number of patches you need and where they should be mailed. Patches will be distributed on a first come, first-serve basis.

Questions? Email AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.