1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference has ended
Welcome! The Virginia Cyber Range is hosting the 1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA on August 14-15, 2018. This conference is open to all Virginia high school, college, and university faculty, administrators, and partners. Stay up to date on the conference:  Sign up for our newsletter!

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Attendees and Sponsors: Registration is CLOSED. NOTE: Regrets...We are at MAX CAPACITY; NO on-site registrations will be accepted. 
Registration fees (includes CEU certificate, lunch (Day 1), and breakfast & lunch (Day 2)):
     - VA Educator/State/Federal Government Employee: $50
     - Student: $25
     - Industry/Others: $150
     - Sponsors: Three levels available during registration; see below under Sponsorship Opportunities to review.

Conference Objectives
At the end of the conference, attendees will:
  • Understand the challenges facing educators (K12 through university level) in cybersecurity education
  • Learn innovative and effective ways to teach cybersecurity to students using hands-on learning
  • Learn about various state and national cybersecurity educational resources available to educators
  • Understand the history and services provided by the Virginia Cyber Range
  • Understand the hiring needs and skills required to prepare students to successfully enter the cybersecurity workforce
  • Discover ways to get underrepresented student populations excited about and involved in cybersecurity
  • Examine the dangers associated with social media and technology use and how to effectively teach students to safely operate in cyber

Earning Continuing Education Units (CEU)
All attendees are eligible to earn CEUs for attending the conference, but they must sign in each day at the designated CEU table located near registration.

Sponsorship Opportunities: There are many exciting opportunities for your company or organization to be involved with this conference. There are three sponsor packages (Dean’s List and Honor Roll no longer available. Logos received after 7/24 will not be included in printed materials.) from which to choose. Go to our registration site, create an account and sign in to become a sponsor >> here.

There are four tracks for this year’s conference:
  • Cyber Educational Resources
  • Cyber for K12
  • Cyber Workforce
  • Hot Topics
Check out the Schedule tab below for an initial draft of the conference structure.

Questions? Please send an email to conference@virginiacyberrange.org.
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Tuesday, August 14 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Justifying and Executing STEM on the cheap

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STEM education is a hot topic that attracts a lot of attention, consternation, budget requests as well as dilemmas, challenges and sometimes misconceptions. Leadership often throws resources at lack of STEM and says, "Just Do It." Easier said than done. This session is targeted not just at Cybersecurity educators, but at any would-be STEM educator or advocates. This session will address some common myths about STEM education, touch on what it is (or should be) as well as what it isn't (or should not be). The session then gets into some industry perspective of the importance of STEM-rich education (regardless of the industry the student is approaching), and finally arms would-be STEM educators with some free/near-free resources they can use to both justify and mobilize their institution into delivering more hands-on STEM experiences for their own student populations.

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Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks

Consulting Engineer, Virginia Cyber Range
Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks is a published Linux author and sits as the technical lead for the Roanoke Blacksburg regional technology council's Cyber Security Forum. He is also an IT director with Virginia Tech IT, and he works with the Virginia Cyber Range as a consulting systems engineer... Read More →

Tuesday August 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
ISAT 259