Secure Decisions to Participate in The 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice

CyberMiSTS – Cybersecurity Curriculum for Middle School from Secure Decisions will be featured May 5th-12th at

Northport, NY, May 5, 2020 — Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator at Secure Decisions will be featured in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event will be held online May 5th -12th at

The presentation, entitled “CyberMiSTS – Cybersecurity Curriculum for Middle School”, looks at the teacher preparation and curriculum that is needed to enable teachers to introduce cybersecurity concepts and careers to every middle school student. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation.

“With the increasing use of automation and AI, we need to develop a more cybersecurity professionals that bring diverse points of view to these new challenges. Waiting until college, or even high school, to talk about cybersecurity careers is just too late to capture some of this untapped talent for the cybersecurity workforce, but middle school teachers lack cybersecurity curriculum that is suited to a K12 classroom. With CyberMiSTS, we’re trying to learn what does work for these teachers and their students,” says Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Secure Decisions.  “We participated in the STEM for All Video Showcase last year and it was a terrific experience – trying to distill our project into a 3 minute video really forced us to rethink how to communicate about the project, as well as the potential opportunities in cybersecurity.”

Now in its sixth year, the annual showcase will feature over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the week-long event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Learning from Research and Practice.” Video presentations address improving K-12 STEM classroom, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development, and community engagement. Collectively the presentations cover a broad range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, NGSS and the Common Core.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is hosted by TERC, in partnership with: STEMTLnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers, NARST, NCTM, NSTA, NSF INCLUDES, and QEM. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1922641).

Published On: May-2020Categories: Press Releases2.3 min read

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