A team of middle school students from Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City, MD recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team outscored other Middle School teams registered in the state to take home the 2nd Place Middle School Division State Award and were among the top 20 out of 460 teams in the nation.
Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security 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 from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore, Maryland for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.
In all, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII.
Led by Coach Asha Reddy, the team Cyber Knights excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII Middle School Division, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance this season earned it a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals Round held February 19-21.
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 VIII Finals Competition in Baltimore, Maryland April 10-14.