Cyber security is more important now than ever. Think about it. Most everything we do centers around computers. It is how we store student records, where government agencies house information, and how we communicate. Those are just a few reasons why protecting our nation’s cyber security is of utmost concern.

Thirty students are learning how to be good cyber citizens, though. The sophomores, along with 10 teachers from Airline, Benton, Bossier, Haughton and Parkway High Schools recently returned from Cyber Discovery Camp, held at Louisiana Tech University.

As the name implies, the camp is a 21st century learning model that integrates the curriculum activities of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Social Studies and Language Arts in a competitive setting.

During the five-day camp, students explored the theories of cyber security, cryptography and computer programming through hands-on labs. They also collaborated on robotics, writing and code breaking, code deciphering, robotic design and more. Then there were intense, but friendly competitions among all the schools participating. Bossier Schools did well. Haughton placed second and Parkway, third.

Louisiana Tech presented the camp in collaboration with Cyber Innovation Center and the Department of Homeland Security. The program is the model for a national initiative to educate students about cyber security.