March 4, 2017 – Teams of middle and high school students from Codecraft Lab in Melbourne, Florida recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and other schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.
The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and homeschool teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot IX high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.
In all, 4,404 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot IX, including 239 teams from Florida.
Led by Coaches Christopher Struttmann, Hahna Latonick, and Brandon Stepler the team of students from Codecraft Lab excelled in the CyberPatriot IX qualifying rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cyber security.
The high school team’s performance earned it a spot in the Southeast Platinum Regional Round held Feb. 3-5, during which the team outscored other advancing teams to win the 4th Place Award in Southeast region and 1st Place Award in Florida.
The middle school team’s performance earned it a spot in the Southeast Platinum Regional Round held Feb. 3-5, during which the team outscored other advancing teams to win the 1st Place Award in Southeast region and 1st Place Award in Florida.
“This competition provided our students the fantastic opportunity to compete with students across the southeast region while learning and practicing modern engineering disciplines like computer science and cyber security in an environment that makes that practice both fun and very engaging. They should each be very proud of their outstanding hard work and dedication,” said Christopher Struttmann.
Top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition from April 3,-5.