Updated September 2015

NOVA Labs: Cybersecurity

Kids become cybersecurity experts, learn about digital citizenship

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • Science
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6-10
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Computer science teachers and media specialists can use NOVA Labs: Cybersecurity to teach basic coding skills and best practices for safe Internet use. Begin by showing the introductory video so kids can see why hacking happens. From there, students take on the role of a cybersecurity expert, protecting simulated social networking companies, like Einstagram or Phasebook, from increasing cyber attacks. Students do this by completing a series of challenges in the Cybersecurity lab. 

Through these games, students can learn how to keep their own information safe online. Challenges show the ways people are tricked into giving up personal data and how passwords are cracked. The Coding Challenge introduces basic coding concepts as kids drag and drop shapes to move a robot. Keep in mind that this is a basic introduction; students won't use scripted programming language. The coding lessons here are likely too simple for high school computer science students. Throughout the module, video clips help kids learn about hackers and cryptography, as well as compare privacy to security. Interested students might also want to dig into the included examples of real-world cyber attacks.

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Kacie S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Schalmont Middle School
Schenectady, NY
Real Life Application With NOVA Labs Cyber Security

While this product is not a stand alone source for a unit on cyber security, I have found it to be a great way for students to actually apply their knowledge in a fun and engaging way. The program gives tips to students to help them navigate through the challenge, but my students would often just click past the tips, so I had to remind students multiple times to read the feedback given to them when they did not successfully complete a challenge. NOVA Labs provides a teaching guide and additional resources for instruction, which I did refer to when using this program the first time. If you want to incorporate instruction on cyber security in your classroom, I highly suggest NOVA Labs Cyber Security Lab!

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