Macquarie University Brings Cyber Security Challenge To Local Schools

Macquarie University Brings Cyber Security Challenge To Local Schools

Last month Macquarie University hosted its first Cyber Security Challenge with over 140 Year 9 and 10 students from 11 local schools. Participating students were selected by their schools because of an existing interest in learning more about the cyber security field. Macquarie University is at the forefront of the cyber security field through its $10 million partnership with Optus, which includes the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub.

With a third of Australian businesses falling victim to cybercrime and the cost of cyber-attacks estimated to exceed $1 billion a year, cyber security is one of the most in-demand career fields worldwide. This demand for talent far exceeds supply across a broad range of industries including technology, entertainment, telecommunications, banking, finance and accounting, meaning that a cyber security qualification opens the door to a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers.

Associate Professor Christophe Doche, Executive Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, kicked-off the day which included a competition amongst teams of 5 students participating in multiple challenges that tested logic, teamwork, and time management skills. It was an exciting day of challenges and an opportunity for students to learn more about the skills required to create an effective cyber security environment and the range of careers available in the field.

After a tight competition, a team from Turramurra High School scored the most points followed closely by two teams from Girraween High School, to cheers from a positive and buoyant group of students and teachers.

Teachers also had the opportunity for professional development whilst the students were participating in the competition. A workshop aimed to elevate teachers’ understanding of cyber security was led by Steve Morrill who is the Director of Cyber Science & Technology at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland. Teachers learned several strategies of how to introduce cyber careers into their curriculum, including leveraging LifeJourney’s Optus Cyber Security Experience and Cyber Teacher programs.

To learn more about the Macquarie University Cyber Security Challenge please contact (futurestudents@mq.edu.au) or call 9850 7250.

Professional Learning Series Sparks New Online Cyber Educators Community

Professional Learning Series Sparks New Online Cyber Educators Community

The first ever Australian Cyber Teacher Professional Learning Series has concluded with the final event at Immanuel College in Adelaide on August 4. During the two-week series, which was attended by hundreds of Australian educators, teachers learned how to start integrating cyber science concepts in the classroom. One of the major outcomes of the series is the concept to start a new Cyber Educators Community online for educators to share strategies and resources about integrating the field into learning.

Cyber Skills For Every Victorian Classroom

Cyber Skills For Every Victorian Classroom

The Andrews Labor Government is preparing students across Victoria to be cyber ready through the state’s Victorian Cyber Schools Skills Challenge, which kicked off this month.

The challenge is the first of its kind in Australia and will connect students with some the country’s leading cyber professionals through an online platform where they will develop solutions to real-life cyber problems.

Tesla Joins Day of STEM Platform with Sustainability Architect Mentor Journey

Tesla Joins Day of STEM Platform with Sustainability Architect Mentor Journey

Tesla and LifeJourney have begun the development of a Sustainability Architect mentor journey to be featured on the Day of STEM platform. Kurt Schlosser, the Country Director for Tesla Australia/New Zealand will be featured as LifeJourney mentor representing Tesla.

Collingwood and LifeJourney Announce 2nd Annual STEM Cup Challenge

Collingwood and LifeJourney Announce 2nd Annual STEM Cup Challenge

Term 3 marks the beginning of the 2nd annual Collingwood STEM Cup Challenge (click here) – a dynamic competition where students and fans leverage their maths and stats skills to calculate player salaries for Collingwood’s 2018 season. The competition is based on the career of Dominic Milesi, the ‘Capologist’ for the Collingwood Football Club, who manages national recruiting and player contract negotiations for the team. Dominic’s key responsibilities include determining salary figures for Collingwood players using his STEM education and skills.