Students become invaluable as they gain in-demand cybersecurity skills
St. Louis, MO – CyberUp, a national nonprofit organization committed to cultivating the cybersecurity talent pipeline for today and tomorrow, concludes their first season of PowerUp Cyber Games, powered by Cyber Skyline, with 84 teams competing in the finals. This youth education program, geared towards middle and high school students, is designed to teach participants to solve computer security problems and capture and/or defend computer systems. Students have the opportunity to compete in one of three ways: individually, with a school team, with an individual team.
With 84 teams competing, CyberUp is excited to conclude their first season of PowerUp Cyber Games while acknowledging the teams that placed first, second and third. Each team showcased their tenacity, veracity and ability to collaborate as they worked closely with their teammates to grip onto the challenges of the competition and understand the importance of filling the talent gap.
The teams that placed first, second and third are:
- Boilerplate from Collegiate School of Medicine & Bioscience
- Team DDoS (Data Decoders of St. Louis) from Collegiate School of Medicine & Bioscience
- Renegades from Summit Technology Academy
“The PowerUp Cyber Games have taken student engagement to the next level. Students have had the opportunity to practice and learn real-world skills in cyber security, while challenging their abilities to think critically and work collaboratively,” says Alex Schenk lead STEM teacher at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. “The PowerUp Cyber Games has allowed our students meaningful exposure in the field of cybersecurity, and the design of the program has kept them motivated throughout the year to truly put in a tremendous amount of work.”
“The students participating in this year’s competition showcased their adaptivity as they persevered through the challenges of each scenario,” says Tony Bryan Executive Director at CyberUp. “Their tenacity, veracity and ability to collaborate were beyond exceptional and assisted in framing the first season of PowerUp Cyber Games. To say the CyberUp team is proud is an understatement. We look forward to seeing what the next season brings.”
CyberUp is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to cultivate the cybersecurity talent pipeline for today and tomorrow. They accomplish this through their nationally recognized Apprenticeship Program and their youth-focused PowerUp Cyber Games.