STEMpack: Cyber Security
The world’s leading cyber security company, Symantec, partnered with AAUW to develop the STEMpack: Cyber Security curriculum. A total of four lessons across five days of instruction and activity, this curriculum is designed to inspire and introduce participants to cyber security and computer science.
This curriculum is intended for a classroom setting with a computer available for each student, to be led by an experienced educator who is comfortable using technology. The robust lessons build on one another and cover the origins of the internet, binary code, an introduction to programming languages and coding, deconstructing a computer, and more. The lessons can be flexible depending on educators’ needs, but each features more than two hours of instruction and activities for computer science education for students with varying degrees of prior knowledge.
- Teacher syllabi and student syllabi for lessons 1–5
- Computer science vocabulary list
- Women Wizards computer science role-model game
- Binary code dot cards
- Binary numbers key
- Computer parts descriptions
This Curriculum is Best Suited to
- An audience of middle-school girls
- A classroom with good audio-visual equipment
- An instructor and teaching assistant experienced in classroom management and comfortable with technology
- Projector, necessary cables, and a screen or white wall
- Bluetooth speakers
- A computer for each student
- Internet access
Additional materials needed for daily activities (see curriculum)
Download the STEMpack: Cyber Security curriculum.
More about STEMpack Curricula
AAUW and our partner organizations have successfully teamed up to produce STEMpacks: innovative and easy-to-use curricula for advocates and educators working with middle-school girls. STEMpacks cover engaging topics from cyber security to mobile apps to aerospace engineering. Not only do students tackle cutting-edge coursework, but they also remain inspired to pursue their STEM passions long after the lessons are finished.