29 January 2016
DAYTON, OH – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit scientific research company providing expert cyber security solutions to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, introduced Fairborn City School teachers to the recently launched Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) on January 15. The initiative is part of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Cyber Patriot program of which Riverside Research is a proud sponsor leading its launch throughout Ohio.
“ESCEI will equip educators and parents to teach students about cyber security at a young age,” said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner. “Students are active online at increasingly younger ages, and AFA sees a need to equip them with the skills critical to their online safety. We are delighted to offer this opportunity at no cost to the schools and other organizations.”
Riverside Research Cyber Security expert, John Moore, introduced the tools and modules that teachers could incorporate in their classrooms. With plans to build partnerships with a collection of Ohio school systems that are interested in adopting ESCEI into their curriculum, Riverside Research is currently launching the program to local Dayton area schools. As the first group in the Dayton area to explore the course, Fairborn City School District teachers were provided general concepts of cyber security and guidelines for delivering the ESCEI curriculum.
“The teachers found the ESCEI program beneficial and agree that students need to be exposed to safe online practices,” said John Moore. To schedule a similar training session with Riverside Research, contact Stephanie LaPlant, Education & Outreach Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ESCEI program is intended for children kindergarten through sixth grade. Any school nation-wide with these grade-levels is eligible to request the program.
The complete ESCEI kit consists of three interactive learning modules. Parents, guardians, teachers, and volunteers can request a free ESCEI program kit by visiting http://uscyberpatriot.org/special-initiatives/elementary-school-cyber-education-initiative/escei-overview and completing a short request form. All program kits include a digital copy of materials in a zipped folder, but individuals may request a physical copy of the kit as well. Click here to learn more about the included materials or to request your free kit.
CyberPatriot is the nation's largest and fastest growing youth cyber education program and is the Air Force Association’s (AFA) flagship STEM initiative dedicated to strengthening cyber skills among American youth. AFA is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. AFA’s mission is to promote a dominant US Air Force and a strong national defense and to honor Airmen and Air Force heritage. For more information on the CyberPatriot National Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and ESCEI initiative, please visit www.uscyberpatriot.org.
About Riverside Research
Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government. Comprised of leading engineering, technology, and operations experts, Riverside Research delivers trusted solutions in Biomedical Engineering, Cyber, Electromagnetic Sciences, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. These Centers of Excellence are supported by five integrated research laboratories that conduct independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas. Originating as part of Columbia University in the 1950s and established as an independent corporation in 1967, Riverside Research remains dedicated to its academic heritage by working with colleges and universities from across the nation to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through education, research, and workforce development. Learn more at www.riversideresearch.org.