The Curriculum to Broaden Participation in Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS) project builds on BIGSCE, our prior NSF-funded research into cybersecurity education. In CyberMiSTS, we are developing and disseminating a curriculum and resources for giving middle schools educators the knowledge, skills, and tools the need to teach cybersecurity.
During the CyberMiSTS workshop, educators will gain insights from cybersecurity researchers and educators, and learn to use a variety of interactive instructional approaches for teaching cybersecurity, including Comic-BEE, Secure Decisions’ web application for creating branching web comics aligned with a lesson plan. With basic curriculum, resources, and guidance from the CyberMiSTS team, each educator will create a customized lesson plan for cybersecurity and course materials targeted at their own students.
Educators are expected to use their lesson plan and course materials in their own classrooms to teach their students about cybersecurity, and share aggregate and anonymized classroom data with the CyberMiSTS team.
CyberMiSTS has the following research aims:
- Integrate recent research-based understanding of cybersecurity into a curriculum that is accessible to teachers and their middle school students.
- Encourage participation of a broad and diverse set of students in the field of cybersecurity by showing them how human relations play an important role in cybersecurity.
- Identify what educators need to successfully teach cybersecurity in a middle school classroom and, based on this, develop guidelines and resources for disseminating this teacher instruction widely.
CyberMiSTS is funded by an award from the National Science Foundation, under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace: Education (SaTC: EDU) Program, Award Abstract #1821757.
Secure Decisions partnered with a team from Stony Brook University led by Dr. Lori Scarlatos, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Department of Technology & Society, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.