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Girl Scouts of Colorado launches first-ever Cyber Challenge, sponsored by Raytheon

More than 250 Colorado Girl Scouts in grades 6–12 gathered at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton on Saturday, October 19, 2019 for the first-ever Cyber Challenge! Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scouts of the USA, teamed up with Raytheon to give girls the opportunity to detect, decode, and defend as part of a full-day, scenario-based STEM competition specifically designed for them. The event happened at the same time as nine others around the country. At each one, middle school and high school Girl Scouts learned crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes. The challenges were based on a fictional scenario in the year 2050: Humans have colonized the moon and a ransomware attack has targeted the colony’s water supply. The girls had to work together as part of an incident response team to find out who hacked the system and how to stop them. The goal of the day’s activities was to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in industries including cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence.

Girl Scouts also heard from keynote speaker, Whitney Orndorff, a tactical analyst with the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She works to combat human trafficking and child exploitation crimes. Girl Scouts also networked with Raytheon employees and learned about careers in STEM.

Special thanks to Reporter Kelly Werthmann of CBS4/KCNC-TV for joining us for this special STEM event! 

 

 

Cyber Challenge keynote speaker is Whitney Orndorff, Denver Division of FBI

Update as of October 3, 2019: Registration for this event is now closed and the waiting list is full.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce Whitney Orndorff as the keynote speaker at the Girl Scout Cyber Challenge on October 19, 2019.

Whitney Orndorff is a tactical analyst with the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she works to combat human trafficking and child exploitation crimes. She is also a crime scene investigator on the FBI’s Evidence Response Team. She has a PhD in Public Safety Leadership and has taught courses on death investigation, internet safety, and political science. In her spare time, Orndorff likes escape rooms, staying up too late to read, and cover bands.

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors should not miss the chance to hear Whitney speak and learn cybersecurity skills! Register online now to attend the Cyber Challenge (capacity is limited): https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_cyber_cha.html

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org.

Register NOW for the Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

Update as of October 3, 2019: Registration for this event is now closed and the waiting list is full.

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to detect, decode, and defend! The Girl Scout Cyber Challenge is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College. This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario—a moon colony has been hacked! — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. Girls will learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_cyber_cha.html

For this event, girls will be working collaboratively in randomly assigned small teams. This is to mimic the type of work cybersecurity professionals do in the field.

This Cyber Challenge and the launch of Girl Scouts’ first national computer science program is made possible through a multi-year commitment from Raytheon, who is partnering with Girl Scouts to help close the gender gap in STEM fields by helping prepare girls to pursue careers in fields like cybersecurity, computer science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Together, Raytheon and Girl Scouts are reaching girls during formative school years, where research shows peer pressure can sometimes deter girls from pursing their interest in STEM.

The cost is $5 per girl. All supplies, lunch, snacks, and event patch will be provided. Opportunity grants available upon registration. Girls should wear their Girl Scout vest or sash and we encourage them to bring a full, reusable water bottle.

This is a drop off event. Girls will be required to bring a completed permission form with them to submit at check in. Permission form is linked on the registration page and will be linked in your confirmation email and emailed out ahead of time. To expedite check in, we recommend filling out the form ahead of time and bringing a completed copy.

Registration closes Tuesday, October 8. Late registrations will NOT be accepted. Please confirm girl’s availability to attend the event before registering.

Questions? girlexperience@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions or trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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Test the new older girl STEM Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and multi-level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer  to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th-12th grade) troops.

Why participate? Your girls will…

  • Be the first to use new STEM materials with fun and engaging activities.
  • Develop communication skills through providing feedback on the new program(s).
  • Help your troop earn a $100 Amazon gift card to support troop-related program expenses.
  • Help develop new STEM program, and be part of history!!

Selected troops would complete the program activities and surveys about the program between February 2 and April 1, 2018. Interested in participating? Fill out a brief form at www.tinyurl.com/6-12CompSciPilot no later than January 19, 2018.

Questions? Email Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.

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