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Challenger Cyber Patriot regular season results

Challenger Cyberpatriot regular season results

Challenger Middle was recently awarded 1st place in the state for our CyberPatriot team, C0D3R3D.  Challenger has 5 teams this year competing in the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense competition, CyberPatriot XII.  These 5 teams are made up of students from 6-8th grade who have expressed an interest in the program.  For some, this is their first year to compete and for others, it is their 3rd.  The regular season is composed of monthly competition days running from October through December with the State round being the December event.  If combined point totals in the 3 regular season events are high enough, teams advance to the national Semi-finals. In a single competition, students have 6 consecutive hours to secure multiple virtual computer images to keep them safe from cyber-attacks.  The state round and semi-finals round also include a Cisco networking quiz and a networking emulation activity.

The CyberPatriot XII competition season began in October with 6, 760 registered teams, including 3,630 Open Division, 1,885 All-Service Division and 1,245 Middle School Division teams. Round 2 was held on November 15th.  In this round, Challenger’s own C0D3R3D finished the highest in the nation for any Alabama middle school team in the history of Cyber Patriot.  They finished in 6th place of all the competing middle schools.  The State CyberPatriot Round was held December 6th through December 8th with C0D3R3D landing 1st in the state, Access Denied finishing 5th and Cyber Eagles finishing 7th.  These same three teams have qualified for the National Semi-final Round in late January.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks. Other programs include AFA Cyber Camps, an elementary school cyber education initiative, a children’s literature series, and Cyber Generations – a cyber safety initiative geared toward keeping senior citizens safe online. National supporters of CyberPatriot include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot's Presenting Sponsor, as well as Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Microsoft; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk, and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors: Air Force STEM, Air Force Reserve, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, Mastercard, and University of Maryland University College. Local supporters include CyberHuntsville and many individuals from the Huntsville/ Madison County cyber security community.  For more information on CyberPatriot and their programs visit their website at uscyberpatriot.org.