Branching Interactive Graphic Stories for Cyber Security Education (BIGSCE)
The Branching Interactive Graphic Stories for Cyber Security Education (BIGSCE) project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will enable us to evaluate an innovative approach to cyber security education: how to use branching (“choose-your-own-adventure”) comic stories to teach middle school students about cyber security. These choose your own adventure stories provide opportunities to explore cause and effect, and the comic book style is engaging to middle school students. The project will leverage Comic-BEE, Secure Decision’s cyber security education technology based on research sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, Cyber Security Division (DHS S&T/CSD).
BIGSCE will inform the development of new approaches to teaching and learning cyber security: branching graphic stories can incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy, and therefore have the potential to reach a broader and more diverse body of students. The goal of BIGSCE is to explore how this innovative technology can enhance cyber security education, with the following aims:
- Attract a broad and diverse workforce to the field of cyber security, starting in middle school.
- Use expert-created comics to evaluate a learner’s knowledge, skill, and ability in the area of cyber security.
- Deepen students’ understanding of cyber security challenges and consequences using a comic creation activity. BIGSCE will also contribute new understanding of how to effectively use branching graphic stories as a learning and assessment tool for middle school students.
Secure Decisions is partnering with Stony Brook University, led by Dr. Lori Scarlatos, Associate Professor, Department of Technology. Student sessions will be held at the Town of North Hempstead’s “Yes We Can Community Center” in New Cassel, New York.
“Branching Interactive Graphic Stories for Cybersecurity Education” (BIGSCE) is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Award Number is 1623131.