AFA’s CyberPatriot is the nation’s premier youth cyber education program, featuring the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition is open to all high schools and middle schools in the nation, as well as JROTC units, Civil Air Patrol composite or cadet squadrons, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps units. AFA is a non-profit organization that has for decades been concerned with national security and sees building a national technical workforce and STEM education as national security issues.
Awarded over $300,000 in scholarships in the past five years.
CyberPatriot aimed at ANY high school or middle school student, not just “alpha geeks”. Not required to be a techie – technical mentors and team assistants from Ascension and outside companies. Modest commitment of time to teach cyber security basics. All training materials provided.
No prior knowledge of cybersecurity needed; training materials are designed so any students can
excel within the competition.
Program structured to focus all students on cyber security awareness.
Online qualification rounds in November, December, January, and February. No travel required: Rounds completed in our computer lab (usually held on Saturdays). Winners of online competition rounds invited to in-person National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Md. each spring. All travel expenses paid for in-person competitors. Teams that do not qualify for the National Finals Competition compete in the State and Regional Recognition Rounds.
A modest registration fee is required.